Follow-Up Accessibility Audits

Follow-Up Accessibility Audits

What is a Follow-up Accessibility Audit?

A Follow-Up Audit occurs some time after the detailed Accessibility Audit is performed and a report has been issued. After the site’s developers have gone through the audit report to understand the issues and the steps needed to address accessibility problems, there is a need to address any questions that arise. Once the questions are answered, developers will go ahead and fix the accessibility issues that were reported and will likely want a Follow-Up Audit to confirm that the fixes have successfully removed the barriers identified and that no new barriers have been introduced.

How many Follow-up Accessibility Audits are required?

Often just a single Follow-Up Accessibility Audit is required, though there may be a need for multiple audits due to the complexity involved in the code or the design patterns.

What is evaluated in a follow-up accessibility audit?

Accessibility specialists will validate if the developers successfully fixed Every accessibility violation reported in the initial accessibility audit. During this process a quick sanity check is also performed to see if any new accessibility barriers are introduced as a result of the fixes deployed.

What is the cost involved in a follow-up accessibility audit?

When estimating time required for questions and the follow-up review(s), developers may want to evaluate and fix accessibility violations which may need additional accessibility consulting hours. Follow-up accessibility audit adds 60% to the original audit cost. Our accessibility audit pricing calculator will be helpful to estimate the cost.

When is a VPAT, Accessibility Statement or Conformance Claim provided?

Assuming the outcome of the Follow-Up Audit confirms that all of the issues identified in the initial audit report have been addressed, our accessibility specialists will issue a VPAT, Accessibility Statement or conformance claim.

Where to post a VPAT or WCAG Conformance Claim?

Publicly posting VPAT or conformance claims is optional and not posting a claim does not in any way affect conformance. Many organizations choose not to make public claims. They should still, however, provide documentation on the accessibility features found on the site and describe their goal to reach and maintain Level AA conformance.

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