Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision provides support for employers in the following areas:
Lighthouse Technology Services (LTS) consultants meet with your management and technical staff to assess how best to meet your accessibility goals. We work with your staff to understand your business issues and prioritize your needs in terms of services to be delivered, schedule, and costs. These services can be provided in support of an existing assistive technology solution, on an as needed basis, or they may be used to provide a new assistive technology solution. The Assistive Technology Consultant works with your organization to resolve any technical barriers that may be preventing your staff from accessing the system and performing the responsibilities of their position as required.
Accessibility Audits and Testing
Accessibility Audits and Testing are conducted for the primary purposes of identifying existing barriers with regard to the accessibility of your organizations existing and planned IT/Web products and services and providing recommendations for eliminating those barriers. We have established ourselves as an innovative leader in this field by partnering with fortune 500 companies in order to include accessibility in the design and development processes of their product development, implementation and support. The details of the Accessibility Audit and Testing are documented in a detailed, comprehensive report that is provided to your organization and includes post audit consultation with the Accessibility Consultant conducting the audit and testing. The report provides your organization with detail of the methods and tools we used in identifying accessibility barriers. The report also separates critical accessibility issues that must be corrected and suggested improvements that will help develop and maintain solid accessibility practices going forward.
Section 508 Consulting & Technical Assistance
Our experienced staff is knowledgeable about automated testing tools, software code analysis and standards associated with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. We can work together with your organization to provide the technical services necessary to achieve Section 508 compliance for existing documents or systems or, if you prefer, we will provide consultation and training in order to help your team develop and implement a successful organizational plan that assures compliance with Section 508 standards. Either way, our services are provided with a complete and comprehensive analysis report so that your organization will be able to identify existing problems and locate resources that will assist in achieving this important requirement.
Accessibility Technology Solutions
Our accessibility solutions are provided by the most experienced team of technicians in the field today. Our strategy for providing solutions starts with the least invasive approach to your current business model. Our twenty years of experience in working with companies has proven that this is the best approach to follow. Our expertise with current accessibility and non accessibility products and our knowledge of current accessibility practices and standards provides us with a wide array of tools which has resulted in a long history of achieving successful accessibility solutions. Upon successful implementation of the Accessibility Solution, your organization will receive all supporting documentation for the services provided that will include a detailed report of the initial survey, technical services provided, current accessibility approval and, if software modifications or scripting was provided, a user-friendly electronic and Braille or print training manual that will provide users and staff with easy to follow instructions for using the scripts.
Our experienced staff is knowledgeable with automated testing tools, software code analysis and standards associated with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. We can provide you with a comprehensive assessment of your website and we can be available to discuss any existing problem areas that prevent your website from being Section 508 compliant. In addition to the initial website assessment, we can be available to work together with your organization to provide the technical services necessary to achieve Section 508 compliance for your website. We can also provide consultation and training in order to help your team develop and implement a successful organizational plan that assures compliance with Section 508 standards. This assessment includes a complete and comprehensive analysis report so that your organization will be able to identify existing problems and locate resources that will assist in achieving this important requirement.
Document and Form Assessment
We can provide a detailed assessment of all electronic forms and documents and also evaluate paper forms in order to convert them to accessible electronic formats using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. Once the form has been converted to an accessible format as required by Section 508 standards we can provide a detailed report of what was done to support the conversion.
Accessibility Training and Awareness
Our experienced training staff is knowledgeable in a wide range of accessibility software and hardware products, including state of the art as well as legacy technology. Our instructors offer specialized assistive technology training that is tailored to meet the accessibility goals of your organization. By developing customized training materials and using innovative teaching methods, our staff can provide individualized or group instruction for your employees so that they will be able to perform their job duties efficiently. Lighthouse for the Blind & Low Vision offers both onsite and remote training so that your organization can decide the methods that will best meet your timelines and accessibility objectives.
Technical Support Services
These services include consulting, and support services or recommendations for employee accessibility needs. These services can be provided in support of an existing assistive technology solution, on an as needed basis, or they may be used to provide a new assistive technology solution. The Assistive Technology Consultant works either on-site or remotely with the individual in order to provide support services and resolve any technical barriers that are preventing the individual from accessing the system and performing the responsibilities of their position as required.