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Posted on: September 3, 2019

City of Stevens Point Employs New Website Accessibility Tools

The City has made its website even more accessible to individuals with disabilities by selecting AudioEye, a leader in digital accessibility solutions that ensure barrier-free website access for people with disabilities, as its accessibility solution.

The City implemented AudioEye’s “Full Ally Managed Service” at the beginning of 2019. Any issues affecting the website’s accessibility have since been remediated, and the site has received the AudioEye Trusted Certification. Now AudioEye’s certified accessibility professionals will constantly test for, discover, and remediate any new issues, and will continuously monitor and re-validate the site’s accessibility.

This process includes continuous monitoring, regularly scheduled manual audits, and regular releases that improve access and usability for all users, including users of Assistive Technology. AudioEye and the City of Stevens Point will continuously collaborate in pursuit of improving conformance with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA Success Criteria, and ensuring an optimal user experience for all users, regardless of their individual abilities.

Many individuals with disabilities utilize assistive technologies when browsing the web. For example, someone who is blind relies upon a screen reader to read online content. If a website isn’t properly coded, the screen reader is not able to seamlessly read the online content for the individual, thereby impeding their access to that site’s information. AudioEye ensures the City’s web site is properly encoded for screen readers.

AudioEye’s Ally Managed Service also provides an accessibility toolbar which can be activated by selecting the AudioEye icon at the bottom right-hand side of the web site. The toolbar allows users to customize the site based on their individual preferences, enhancing usability for all site visitors.

The toolbar lets users who are color blind change the color contrast, enables users who are dyslexic to change the font type, helps users with low vision change the font size, and more. The Toolbar also includes a Help Desk feature for those users who may experience any other accessibility barrier.

The City of Stevens Point’s website is built on the CivicPlus content management system (CMS) platform. AudioEye is the digital accessibility provider for CivicPlus, bringing their  clients sustainable, scalable, and accessible platform solutions.

AudioEye co-founder, president and chief strategy officer Sean Bradley said, “We are thrilled the City of Stevens Point has made this commitment to digital accessibility through AudioEye’s partnership with CivicPlus. This commitment will positively impact the lives of thousands of end users who will now be able to more seamlessly navigate digital content, ensuring a more inclusive online experience.”

Don Torrez, CivicPlus Partner Manager, said, “At CivicPlus, our goal is to build WCAG 2.0 AA compliant websites and train our clients how to maintain accessible content. By partnering with AudioEye, we add an additional level of remediation automation, further helping our clients’ websites remain compliant as content is continuously added. The City of Stevens Point now has an accessible and maintainable website and we are pleased to be part of its solution team.”

Mayor Mike Wiza said, “We are always striving to provide more and better access to our municipal government. AudioEye will allow us to monitor and improve that access for those citizens with different needs.”

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