Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, requires that certain electronic and information technology procured or supported by Federal agencies be accessible to people with disabilities.
Safari is committed to make its online services and content accessible to the widest possible range of users and is continually working to improve its services to support accessibility for everyone. This is a complex and ever-changing landscape, forever responding to new types of content and technology challenges, market effects, and best practices. The candid assessment of the United States Access Board, in February 2015, was that the existing section 508 requirement “does not adequately address what is meant by comparable access to information and data” when applied to electronic content products.
Safari recently engaged an independent accessibility consultant, Accessibility Partners, to conduct a review and assessment of the Safari service — including the Safari web, Safari Queue iOS, and Safari Queue Android applications — using Section 508 standards (including the January 2018 revision adopting the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 for web applications), and to update Safari’s Voluntary Product Accessibility Templates (“VPATs”). Safari’s VPAT 2.0 shows the level of conformity to the standards of Section 508 within the Safari web application and the Safari Queue application (for both iOS and Android versions), and outlines how our service features aim for accessibility and how they may satisfy our customers’ own needs. To request a copy of our 2018 VPATs 2.0, please contact our support team.
We hope this voluntary self-assessment is helpful, and please contact us if you have any questions or to offer comments related to accessibility. We are committed to improving our applications to support accessibility for everyone. We periodically review our applications and consider identified recommendations for improvement when planning and implementing further development of the Safari service.
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