Dedicated Section 508 and PDF/UA Remediation Specialists “Electronic Document Compliance Services”, Is Now “Accessibility In Mind”

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Accessiblity in Mind expands its Section 508 focus to include best practices consulting as well as expert document remediation.

Chris Frank, CEO of Electronic Document Compliance Services (EDCS), today announced their new name, “Accessibility In Mind” (AIM), as the company expands its focus beyond PDF remediation. EDCS (now AIM) is a recognized leader in Section 508 PDF compliance, specializing in government reports as well as health insurance provider documents and “fillable form” PDFs. AIM now offers “best practice” consulting as well as insured, certified remediation.

“Companies can save money by instituting best practices for accessibility at the beginning of the document flow, rather than fixing (remediating) poorly formatted documents after the fact,” says Frank. “The key is to create a protocol for document production tailored to your company’s needs, keeping ‘accessibility in mind’ at every stage of production. Create accessible documents that require very little ‘remediation’ to comply with Section 508.”

“Plus, accessibility adds value to documents, it’s not just for disabled users and not just to comply with regulations. Search engine optimization, extensibility, multi-platform compatibility, document reflow on mobile platforms, these are just a few of the benefits of properly tagged PDFs. Our ‘AIM’ and our only business is accessibility for all.”

AIM will continue to provide remediation services with rapid turnaround for all types of PDF documents in addition to consulting, with a growing client list of government, health care providers, educational institutions, and private agencies.

Section 508, an amendment to the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, requires all electronic documents created with Federal funds be accessible to people with disabilities. As awareness of the regulations has grown, demand for expert remediation has kept dedicated 508 services like AIM very busy. “Many of our clients are seeing the requirement for 508 compliance showing up in their contracts for the first time,” Frank says, “and they may not know much about it- it’s just a headache they want to go away. We’re the ‘508 Doc’- call us for an effective prescription for ADA compliance.”

Accessibility consulting by AIM provides cost-saving evaluation and best practice document production systems tailored to meet the needs of any sized company. Companies don’t always think about accessibility and Section 508 until the end of the production process; inaccessible, non-compliant documents are created and then “retro-fit” after the fact. This is the most expensive and inefficient way to produce accessible documents. AIM’s best practice consulting is designed to reduce this unnecessary expense. AIM specialists review your company’s document creation and flow, then create procedural guidance for producers that can significantly reduce or eliminate the need for post-production Section 508 compliance remediation. Clients can expect to reduce compliance costs by 50-75% as best practices are implemented at the beginning of the document production flow.

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