The Paciello Group and WebAIM Announce Web Site Certification Services for Accessibility

Posted on Thursday, 19 March 2009 by Steve Faulkner

Press Release

TPG & WebAIM Press release (microsoft Word document, 33 KB)

March 18, 2009 – Nashua, NH.

The Paciello Group (TPG) and WebAIM are pleased to announce today a partnership that delivers a new, independent program for web site certification for accessibility.

In today’s diverse environment, the Internet is becoming the pre-eminent location for people with disabilities to find information and to transact business. It is vitally important for web site creators and operators to take all appropriate steps to ensure their web properties are universally accessible. However, many people with disabilities are finding an unacceptable level of accessibility for many popular web sites, creating a frustrating experience.

Now, with the partnership between TPG and WebAIM, web site owners can retain The Paciello Group to perform full accessibility testing and professional services while additionally receiving the WebAIM Accessible Site Certification. This certificate can be posted on their web site attesting to an independent guarantee.

While some web site certifications exist today, it is believed this is the first independent certification performed by a party other than the company delivering testing services. TPG and WebAIM are forming this partnership to ensure the highest level of accessibility services and to also insure full independence between the testing and certification agencies.
Mike Paciello, founder and president of The Paciello Group addresses the value of independent certification:

“There are a number of companies delivering quality professional services to help vendors make their sites more accessible, but we wanted to offer our clients the assurance that the work we are performing is of the highest quality and attested to by a completely independent authority. WebAIM’s position in the accessibility market as a recognized leader in practice and passion for accessibility makes them the logical choice to deliver this independent certification. We are thrilled to partner with them.”

The Paciello Group is passionately dedicated to helping government agencies, technology vendors, e-commerce corporations, and educational institutions make their technology equally accessible to all people, including those with disabilities. The company, based in Nashua, NH, offers professional consulting, technology solutions, and monthly monitoring services to ensure that clients reach all audiences effectively and efficiently while meeting governmental and international standards.

WebAIM, Web Accessibility in Mind, provides comprehensive web accessibility solutions. Ten years of experience makes WebAIM one of the leading providers of web accessibility expertise internationally. WebAIM is a non-profit organization within the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University

Please visit www.paciellogroup.com for further information or contact us at info@paciellogroup.com or call us at +1 603-882-4122.

Brian Landrigan
Director of Operations
The Paciello Group
88 Temple St.
Nashua, NH 03060

About Steve Faulkner

Steve is the Senior Web Accessibility Consultant and Technical Director, TPG Europe. He joined The Paciello Group in 2006 and was previously a Senior Web Accessibility Consultant at Vision Australia. He is the creator and lead developer of the Web Accessibility Toolbar accessibility testing tool. Steve is a member of several groups, including the W3C HTML Working Group and the W3C Protocols and Formats Working Group. He is an editor of several specifications at the W3C including HTML 5.1, Using WAI-ARIA in HTML and HTML5: Techniques for providing useful text alternatives. He also develops and maintains HTML5accessibility

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