Accessibility Statement

ABC Legal Docs, LLC is committed to ensuring that individuals with disabilities have equal accessibility to our services.  This includes people who are blind, low vision, deaf, hard of hearing, or have a cognitive or motor impairment,

As a mobile and online service provider, we do not have a walk-in physical place of public accommodation. We meet by appointment at a location chosen by mutual agreement.

web accessibility symbolsWe strive to make our website at ABCLegalDocs.com accessible to individuals with disabilities, by complying with all applicable laws and using reasonable effort to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the latest W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) [new window] up to Level AA.

The most basic web accessibility features are included in Level A. Level AA includes the biggest and most common barriers for disabled users. Level AAA is the highest and most complex level of web accessibility, and the most difficult to achieve, and is not a current goal.

So, we are following a plan to take action to ensure the accessibility of our website. Essential web pages offering services and customer support are being evaluated, reviewed, fixed, upgraded, and tested to conform with WCAG accessibility guidelines.

Accessibility Testing Tools and Log

For quality assurance, we evaluate our website periodically using the Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool (WAVE) [new window] browser extension, created by WebAIM.org, and the axe Accessibility [new window] browser extension, created by Deque Systems, Inc., third-party authorities in web accessibility. New or revised content is checked to conform with the latest accessibility guidelines, as reported by the tools.

WCAG Quick Reference is used to look up brief information on accessibility guidelines.

We also use manual code inspection and testing and the free NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) screen reader [new window] to check functionality.  We will seek volunteers with disabilities to test our essential web pages.

In our business records, we keep a list of accessibility testing, results, remediation efforts, and notes in a spreadsheet log.

We add a Web Accessibility checkmark symbol “WAcc ☑” to the end of web pages that we have evaluated and remediated.

Accessibility Training and Education

We learn about accessibility news, issues, tools, testing, evaluation, remediation, and compliance from subject matter experts. We use self-study by reading websites, blogs, newsletters, and manuals, watching videos, and completing training classes.  Continuing education is used to increase accessibility knowledge and to stay current on new and changing information and practices.

We browse for information at the WordPress Accessibility Forum [new window].

Jerry Lucas, CEO, has completed the W3C Web Accessibility Tutorials [new window].  He has completed Intro to Web Accessibility PDF [new window], a 16-hour self-paced course created by W3C, on the edX website.

Jerry will be attending online webinars during the WordPress Accessibility Day [new window] on October 2, 2020.  He is also viewing selected online webinars from the Global Accessibility Awareness Day [new window] held each year on the third Thursday in May.  He will also view online content for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) [new window] observed by the United Nations, held on December 3rd each year.

He has also written a blog article Deaf and Hard of Hearing Notary Guide.

Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust

We seek to Include the four principal accessible design elements in our web pages. They should be:

Perceivable: detectable to everyone, including individuals with disabilities using sight or sound.

Operable: all users must be able to access the components of a page using a keyboard, or without a mouse.

Understandable: all users must be able to understand the information on a page, in clear and simple language or guidance.

Robust: a web page must be usable and understood on a variety of devices, using different technologies, like screen readers.

Website Accessibility Features

Our website includes these features to aid users:

ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications)

Non-visible ARIA role, state, properties, or values for user interface components are included as needed in code to enhance accessibility when HTML is not sufficient

Navigation

Pages contain navigation menu links to the home page, blog, contact us, search box, and terms of use
Dropdown menus open with alt+downarrow key combination
Section Headings and Subheadings for quick navigation
Table of Contents on long pages to find headings quickly
Breadcrumb links showing a trail to parent pages
Sitemap at the bottom of every page
Main blog index page lists all blog posts and categories
Smart search box on every page to find the most relevant content based on scores
For screen readers, pages will include a Skip to MaIn Content link to skip over the header and navigation menu

Weblinks

Descriptive anchor text links are used, not “click here” or “read more”
Weblinks are identified by blue text and are underlined
Links that leave the website and open a new window are flagged with [new window] label
Links that open documents are flagged with [PDF], [DOC], [TXT] or [XLS] label
Documents use descriptive file names, not “document123.pdf”

Tab Navigation

Using tab key, text web links are highlighted in yellow with a black border
Tab key will highlight linked images and buttons (now doing research for code change)

Images

Content-related images include descriptive alternate text
Functional images include function description in alternative text
Text within images is described in alternate text
Decorative images use empty alt text “” to be ignored by screen readers
Images use descriptive file names, not “image123.jpg”

Color Contrast

Text and backgrounds use high-contrast ratios over 4.5:1 for easier reading
Tab key navigation uses high-contract highlighting on focus element

Forms

Forms fields include labels, user prompts, (required) or field notices, and tab key access for easier completion
Active form fields waiting for user input are indicated by slow blinking cursor

Responsive Design

Responsive design adjusts to the display width of mobile devices

Motion and Animation

Image carousels, animation, flashing, and blinking content are not used

Plain and Simple Language

We attempt to use plain and simple language, but some legal and technical topics cannot be simplified

Foreign Languages

For foreign language access, we have written foreign language notary guides for many foreign languages
Foreign language pages also include English translations
Foreign Language blog category to find foreign language blog posts

Proofreading, Quality Assurance

For quality control, our content is checked with Grammarly and edited to remove spelling and grammar errors
For proper HTML coding, our web pages are checked with the W3C Markup Validator tool to remove HTML coding errors

Applicability

Essential web pages and Word and PDF documents offering services or customer support that we create, substantially revise or redesign after August 1, 2020, will use reasonable measures to conform to accessibility standards.  Where total conformance is not technically feasible, or may require extraordinary measures, time, resources, financial or administrative burden, or an undue hardship by fundamentally altering the site, service or document, a record of the burden or obstacle encountered will be made and the content will be made available in an alternative format upon request to an individual with a disability.

Our free blog posts, information pages, and legal forms provide education, history, and other information that are not our essential services. Colorado notary laws changed on July 1, 2018. So, blog posts written before that date are not current and are kept for archive purposes.

We do not currently use recorded audio, podcasts, or video content on our website.  If we add this type of media content in the future, we will include closed captions (CC) on videos and written transcripts of audio content.

Our training classes offered by live teleconference or webinar include written PDF student handouts, slides, and support by email or text message to enable sighted deaf and hard of hearing students to attend and participate.

Disclaimer

We are not responsible for accessibility issues caused by third-party vendors, software, websites, products, or services. Our mention, use, or link to a product, service, or website, does not guarantee that it will work for you.

Our website is built on the WordPress platform. WordPress does not require all existing themes, authoring tools, and plugins to be accessibility compliant. We are not able to fix software coding problems with themes, tools, widgets, and plugins.  We will notify customer support or the software developers of problems we discover if they are not already shown on their support forums. As a result, problems are often fixed in the next software release. But, we do not control the bug fix process or schedule.

Accessibility Assistance

Please contact us if you need a reasonable modification or auxiliary aid to access any services offered on our website. Please provide the web page or document URL and an explanation of the problem. We will respond during our business hours.
Email support@abclegaldocs.com
Phone or text message (719) 591-0433
Write to us at our business address shown at the bottom of this web page.

Accessibility problems are assigned the same level of priority and resources for resolution as any other equivalent loss of function for individuals without disabilities.  We will work with you to provide access to the service that you are interested in and that is offered to the public on our website.

We will make reasonable modifications to our policies and procedures and will provide reasonable auxiliary aids and services to individuals with disabilities where necessary for access.

Suggestions and Feedback

Please contact us if you have any suggestions or feedback that you would like to share about the accessibility of our website.

Please also see our website Terms and Conditions.

Letter of Reasonable Accessibility

Our Letter of Reasonable Accessibility ABC Legal Docs PDF [new window] is posted here as evidence of our good-faith efforts to provide website usability and compliance.

Approval and Certification

I certify that, as of August 1, 2020, ABC Legal Docs, LLC has approved this Accessibility Statement. As a result, we are now following an accessibility plan to design, test, evaluate, remediate and maintain our website at ABCLegalDocs.com to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) published by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), at a minimum Level AA success criteria.

ABC Legal Docs, LLC
/s/ Jerry Lucas, CEO

Note: At our request, the weblink for our Accessibility Statement was published in Accessibility in the News newsletter on August 14, 2020, as an example.

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