Web Accessibility Policy
Edited as of October 16, 2020
The World Health Organization estimates that over 1 billion people (roughly 15% of the world’s population) live with disabilities. Many of these disabilities affect a person’s access to information technologies, and the same individuals who run into barriers blocking their access to such technologies are the same people who could benefit the most from using them. Given the relative importance of the Internet, accessibility to the world wide web is critically important to people with disabilities around the world, including people with auditory, cognitive, physical, and visual disabilities. Be Destined Inc. and its affiliates and business units (collectively, “Destined,” “we,” “us,” or “our”) are committed to the concept of website accessibility for all people, including persons with disabilities.
We strive to meet the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (“WCAG”) 2.0 (Level AA), which are prepared by the World Wide Web Consortium (“WC3”), a consortium of private and non-profit entities that works to promulgate international standards for web content accessibility, as we continue to develop our website. In addition, content provided via our website by third-party developers is also intended to meet WCAG 2.0 (Level AA) in future versions.
In support of our commitment, we have developed this web accessibility policy (“Policy”) to be transparent about our mission to be compliant with the digital accessibility requirements under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the considerations we value in pursuit of this goal. If you have any questions relating to this Policy or our websites, please contact our Accessibility Coordinator (as noted below).
The WCAG 2.0 sets forth four pillars of accessible design, and we have designed our websites around these principles:
- Websites must be perceivable, meaning users must be able to perceive all the information being presented (i.e., the information cannot be invisible to all of their senses);
- Websites must be operable, meaning users must be able to operate the interface (i.e., the interface cannot require interaction that users are unable to perform);
- Websites must be understandable, meaning that users must be able to understand the information on the website, as well as the operation of the interface (i.e., the content or operation of the website cannot be beyond their understanding); and
- Websites must be robust, meaning users must be able to access the content as technologies advance (i.e., as technologies and users evolve, the content should still remain accessible).
The WC3 has created three levels of conformance with respect to WCAG 2.0: Level A, Level AA, and Level AAA (in increasing order of conformity). As mentioned above, Destined seeks to build its websites in compliance with Level AA.
At Destined, we treat web accessibility as being everyone’s responsibility. We periodically conduct accessibility audits to check our website’s performance in view of this Policy and review comparable industry “best practices” with respect to web accessibility. We have also identified certain key Accessibility Team roles to support being on track to meet our compliance objectives.
subject to the standards set forth in this Policy. If Destined receives a specific request for access to archived content by any person with a disability, we will use commercially reasonable efforts to make that content available in a suitable format within thirty (30) business days. If we are unable to make that content available within that timeframe, we will use reasonable efforts to identify and provide a suitable alternative within our capabilities.
This Policy is intended to also apply to web content developed by or on behalf of Destined. We will use commercially reasonable efforts to include this Policy within contracts for services, statements of work, or purchase orders applicable to the development of web content, our website, or other applications relating to Be Destined, in order to ensure that our third-party service providers are made aware of our web accessibility objectives.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding this Policy, or would like to provide feedback as to the accessibility of our website, please contact Destined’s Accessibility Coordinator, who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.