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HiSoftware and American Foundation for the Blind Team Up to Make the Web More Accessible to People with Disabilities

Organizations to offer each other's solutions and services; AFB's Accessibility Assurance Program and HiSoftware's automated accessibility monitoring solution Compliance Sheriff

Nashua, NH and New York, NY (March 19, 2009)HiSoftware, a leading provider of software, services and managed operation solutions that monitor and optimize Web content, quality and regulatory compliance, and the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), today at CSUN announced a strategic alliance on web accessibility. AFB Consulting, the professional consulting division of the American Foundation for the Blind, will now offer HiSoftware's automated monitoring solution, HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff™ for Accessibility, as part of AFB's Accessibility Assurance™ Program (AAP). HiSoftware will now include the AAP and AFB Consulting's expert consulting services as part of its services offering.

"By teaming with HiSoftware, AFB Consulting is now able to offer a valuable automated monitoring option to our AAP participants," said Walt Decker, executive vice president, American Foundation for the Blind. "The thorough and detailed accessibility and compliance checks performed by Compliance Sheriff are a natural complement to the expert usability evaluations performed by our accessibility consultants. We are very excited to make this combination of services available through our AAP solution."

Kurt A. Mueffelmann, HiSoftware president and CEO, states, "The incorporation of HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff for Accessibility as part of the AAP and HiSoftware's addition of AAP services to its offering will provide our mutual clients with a powerful all-encompassing accessibility solution. This partnership allows customers to benefit from an end-to-end accessibility solution that combines our automated monitoring capabilities with the leading user-empowered accessibility program."

As part of the strategic alliance, both organizations will offer each other's services and solutions:

  • The Accessibility Assurance Program (AAP), available through AFB Consulting, enables any organization to make its web site(s) more accessible to people with disabilities. The AAP goes beyond traditional consulting services and embraces the concept of user empowerment, enabling an organization to proactively engage the community of users with disabilities and work constructively with the user community to solve the problems of web accessibility.
  • HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff provides organizations with an easy way to successfully develop and maintain best-of-breed web sites that promote the highest standards in Web governance, supporting a high quality user experience. It enables organizations to easily validate their web site and applications content against standards-based and custom organizational policies for accessibility and privacy compliance. Compliance Sheriff allows organizations to integrate a comprehensive and automated solution for managing Web Governance standards as part their best practices.


About HiSoftware
Founded in 1998, HiSoftware is a leading provider of software, services and On-demand solutions that test, repair, monitor and enforce Web content, quality and regulatory compliance. The company's solutions empower content developers, Web site architects and executives to work collaboratively to create and manage corporate Web standards for accessibility, privacy, security, search engine optimization (SEO), site quality and performance, branding and application transaction testing.

HiSoftware and Compliance Sheriff are trademarks of HiSoftware Inc. which may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Accessibility Assurance is a trademark of the American Foundation for the Blind. All other brand/product names are trademarks of their respective holders.

About AFB Consulting
AFB Consulting is the consulting arm of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), a national organization based in New York City with an 88-year track record for groundbreaking efforts to improve the quality of life for people with vision loss and other disabilities. Since AFB Consulting's (AFBC) inception in 2002, its evaluations, developer guidance, user support, training, research, and innovative solutions have assisted organizations in identifying and eliminating barriers to the accessibility and usability of their products, services, web sites, and workplaces. Thus, AFBC's solutions help commercial, government, education, and non-profit clients expand their reach by making web sites, products, and services useable for this significant segment of the population—54 million people in the United States alone.

For more information, contact:
Irena Mroz
HiSoftware Inc., Marketing

Marc Grossman
AFB Consulting

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