GSA Government-wide Section 508 Accessibility Program

Automated Evaluation Tools

No automated evaluation tool can tell you if your site is accessible, or even compliant. Manuial testing is always necessary.

Agencies

This list represents tools currently in use by some agencies and should not be regarded as a recommendation.

Contract Requirements tool for Section 508 compliance

Website Review tools for Section 508 compliance

Developer/Tester Training program for Section 508 compliance

We encourage agencies to get involved with the Section 508 community for input

  • Shared Services (e.g. Tools, Training)
  • Refresh data, automate data input and output, and manage the publication of the information out to the Section 508 community

Share Best Practices: Disseminate collected data to the community and publish on Section508.gov

Training support for the ACoP Education Committee: Develop & implement a training strategy and comprehensive schedule that provides focused training and eliminates redundancy of resources

Health & Human Services 508 Compliance Leaderboards

The leaderboard below demonstrates how compliant our websites are with Section 508. The accessibility of websites for each Operating Division is determined each month by an automated scan of every page of every website.

HHS 508 Compliance Leaderboards

Scores

Excellent - 90% and above

Needs Improvement - 75% to 89.99%

Poor - 74.99% and below

Leaderboard report table

Agency
Name

Aug
2015

Sep
2015

Oct
2015

Nov
2015

Dec
2015

Jan
2016

Feb
2016

Mar
2016

Apr
2016

May
2016

Jun
2016

Jul
2016

ACF

91.85%

92.65%

93.75%

93.58%

93.42%

94.16%

94.59%

94.19%

94.66%

93.88%

93.47%

94.41%

ACL

99.23%

98.97%

99.25%

99.24%

99.11%

99.14%

99.13%

99.13%

99.18%

99.34%

99.25%

98.99%

AHRQ

92.86%

94.29%

95.19%

95.48%

95.39%

95.00%

94.32%

94.15%

94.24%

94.93%

95.64%

94.86%

CDC

95.94%

96.18%

96.86%

95.15%

95.31%

95.84%

97.44%

97.13%

95.30%

94.45%

94.21%

94.49%

CMS

79.46%

80.65%

84.12%

79.73%

80.67%

87.09%

86.55%

86.52%

84.66%

87.69%

89.09%

89.26%

FDA

94.73%

94.71%

95.40%

95.43%

95.61%

95.46%

95.55%

95.62%

95.14%

95.56%

95.61%

95.53%

HRSA

88.68%

88.12%

93.12%

92.15%

91.80%

94.16%

94.51%

94.12%

94.75%

94.07%

93.93%

94.10%

IHS

87.96%

89.80%

89.46%

90.99%

90.29%

82.35%

82.51%

82.47%

84.25%

81.32%

72.18%

75.64%

NIH

95.08%

94.66%

95.40%

94.76%

94.81%

93.50%

93.52%

94.15%

95.30%

95.45%

93.39%

90.66%

OS
(includes PRIORITY)

94.91%

94.52%

95.31%

95.06%

95.67%

95.17%

95.17%

95.14%

94.36%

94.71%

95.32%

92.41%

OS
PRIORITY
(break-out)

96.37%

97.45%

97.44%

96.27%

96.84%

96.52%

96.76%

96.50%

95.25%

95.81%

95.73%

94.02%

SAMHSA

88.15%

90.15%

90.94%

94.34%

92.53%

92.84%

91.86%

89.18%

89.63%

88.75%

81.21%

79.24%

 

Automated Testing Tools

To assistance in the manual testing process you can use a number of tools and assistive technologies, the following is not a complete list of the tools you can use, but these are the tools currently use on a daily basis be developers make sure their websites are accessible:

Tools

Assistive Technology

  • ChromeVox (screen reader for Chrome and Chrome OS)
  • JAWS (Screen Reader for windows, demo version available)
  • NVDA (Free open source Screen Reader for windows)
  • Talkback (screen reader for Android)
  • VoiceOver (Built in Screen Reader, Mac desktop and iPhone/iPod)
  • Zoomtext (Screen Magnifier for windows, demo version available)

More Tools

Other recommended and useful tools:

Notes:

  1. For a complete list of tools visit the W3C Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools List. This page provides a list of evaluation tools that you can filter to find ones that match your particular needs. To determine what kind of tool you need and how they are able to assist you, see Selecting Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools.
  2. The tools listed above are only a few tools you should use on a regular basis, other accessibility engineers may use other tools. Find one that works for you, you may find that you will use 8-10 tools just to verify one issue.