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AFBAmerican Foundation®
for the Blind

Expanding possibilities for people with vision loss

Consulting Services of AFB Tech

AFB Tech, a division of the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), offers accessibility and usability consulting for companies, organizations, and individuals. Let us show you how making your product accessible will make it better for all users and more profitable for you. When you use good design principles that incorporate accessibility and, more importantly, usability, your product will be more robust and useful to everyone. It's not as difficult or expensive as you might think, and AFB Tech is here to help!

How AFB Tech Can Help

Website Evaluation

AFB Tech has been testing websites for clients for many years. We were one of the first organizations to offer accessibility testing on the web, and we pride ourselves on the impact we've had in making the Web a little easier to navigate. We can provide:

  • Technical testing of website source code against the the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines version 2.0 (WCAG2.0) established by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C)
  • Usability testing performed by expert testers using the most popular screen reading and screen magnification software on various platforms
  • Follow-up remediation testing and technical strategies to meet the WCAG requirements

Mobile App Evaluation and Development

Mobile applications (apps) are the clear trend in technology. This is great for people with vision loss because the leading mobile operating systems have built in screen readers available to all users. Let us help ensure your apps are usable to these users by following simple best practices. Staff members at AFB Tech are seasoned app developers with a deep understanding of the accessibility framework built into the iOS and Android platforms. We are able to provide usability testing with VoiceOver on iOS and Talkback on Android to identify weak points, and we can work with you to find technical solutions to those problems.

Hardware Evaluation

AFB Tech has been involved in the prototype stage of development of new products for many projects, and we are able to provide early input to make sure the device you are creating is both usable and useful to people with vision loss. We evaluate mobile phones, personal health devices, home appliances, specialized access technology, and other devices. These evaluations are conducted for usability and take into account all aspects of the physical hardware, e.g. the tactile nature of any buttons, from the perspective of the user who is blind or visually impaired. We also consider if a person who is blind or visually impaired can use the hardware for its intended function, without sighted assistance, and use it in an efficient manner.

Section 508 Compliance

We can assist you in making your products and services accessible in regard to Section 508 guidelines. This usually takes the form of assisting you in producing a voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) for your product or service. A VPAT describes how your product conforms to Section 508 guidelines, and it is the most common way of making your products Section 508 compliant. We can assist you in producing the VPAT as well as perform evaluations on your products or services so they conform to Section 508 guidelines so a VPAT can be created. See more on Section 508 here.

Contact Us

Please contact afbconsulting@afb.net for more information about the services we can provide to you!

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