Founded in 2016, the Accessibility Compliance Foundation was developed in response to the growing need for more awareness when it comes to accessible format materials and to serve as a vehicle to help increase advocacy for equal access to information. The foundation has taken on the core mission of voicing the everyday challenges that individuals with impairments face while trying to access information or services and hopes to bring about statewide changes on improving available accommodations for individuals who require them. We work in partnership with lobbyists and advocates to influence policy and enforce organizations to adhere to accessibility guidelines and regulations.

We can help start the conversation for change but it is imperative that organizations and accessibility advocates help spread the message to be able to truly make the necessary changes needed and shape policy decisions.

Usability VS Accessibility

There is a vast difference between accessibility and usability. While an organization may believe that they are in compliance because they provide an alternative option does not guarantee that an individual will be able to access the information. We are committed to educating and providing resources for services that will ensure usability.

Our Priorities for 2017

As part of our strategic mission for 2017, our core focus will be on requiring equivalent access and influencing organizations to adopt the amended Section 508 guidelines now required for all government organizations and contracts.

  • Our current project is in partnership with several advocacy groups regarding the New York Alternative Mailing Program. The project is focused on health and government assistance programs in New York but is being used as model for other programs, states and private organizations.
  • As web accessibility continues to be primary area of focus for the DOJ, there have been a myriad of accessibility-related lawsuits. We want to assist organizations with proactive approaches to ensure compliance and avoid costly legal repercussions.

Spreading the Message that Accessibility Affects Everyone

Since its inception in 1990, the American's with Disabilities Act (ADA) has governed the general civil rights for people with disabilities, including accessible materials; however, society has evolved as how has the way people get their information. Despite having some clear guidelines governing alternative format materials, equal access to information for people with disabilities can be very difficult.

  • It is estimated that over 22.5 million American adults have some level of vision loss (2014 National Health Survey) and 20% live with one type of a disability or another and According to the Glaucoma Research foundation, "By 2030, when the last baby boomers turn 65, the number of Americans who have age-related vision impairments is projected to increase greatly..."

The Global Issue

"Each year 50,000 more will become blind. Studies show that only AIDS and cancer are feared more than blindness."

-The National Federation for the Blind

Equal access to information compliance is not just a legal right, it is a society's obligation and directly impacts whether individuals can fully participate and engage in society. From reading basic statements to filling out healthcare forms or viewing a website, having a visual or hearing disability impinges on a person's daily life. Due to a lack of universal services, many individuals find it a cumbersome task to get the information they need. We understand the unique challenge this community experiences and are passionate about eliminating barriers and advocating for universal policies regarding accessibility.