Nock & Sparrow is a woman-owned, disability-owned business dedicated to making the web accessible for all.
Web accessibility can be frustrating and overwhelming. We'll walk you through the process and help you understand what needs to happen to make your website accessible and become compliant. Our team is experienced and certified through the IAAP (International Association of Accessibility Professionals).
- CPWA (Certified Professional in Web Accessibility)
- WAS (Web Accessibility Specialist)
- CPACC (Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies)
We help our clients by building accessible websites and features and identifying and fixing accessibility issues. We genuinely care about your website and your ability to sustain accessibility efforts long-term. As your website evolves and changes over time with new content and features, we make sure it stays accessible by providing design and code reviews, process recommendations, and training for your team.
Why We Do What We Do
We believe accessibility is a civil right. People with disabilities deserve access to web content just like everyone else. In recent decades, technology has advanced significantly, and much of what we do in our everyday lives revolves around our access to the web — work, learning, purchasing products and services, accessing information about our health, finding and maintaining a sense of community through social interactions, etc. Now imagine what it's like to not have access to some or all of those things. We make websites accessible so everyone can have equal access.
Why Our Clients Hire Us
- Expertise and experience. We have valuable experience and expertise that helps us understand what our clients need and how to best support them. We understand that time is money, so we create efficient, actionable plans and help you implement them.
- Legal troubles. Getting sued for the same accessibility bugs over and over is incredibly frustrating and costly. We remediate accessibility bugs and keep them from coming back, and we make sure you know exactly what to do to stay compliant going forward.
- Show your company values. Having an accessible website is a great way for your brand to show you care about your customers and practice your company values. If your company has a Diversity & Inclusion policy, an accessible website is proof that you take it seriously.
- Increased quality. Accessibility leads to improvements for all users, not just users with disabilities. Universal Design principles allow for a better user experience for everyone. It can also increase code qualtiy, which improves interoperability and saves development maintenance time. Simply put, the increase in quality is good for business in a number of ways.
- Market expansion. Increasing your customer base to include people with disabilities increases your market to reach more people.
Standards We Use
We adhere to WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines), which is the most accepted and universal standard for web accessibility. Laws in many countries expect WCAG, or some form of WCAG, compliance. We also adhere to the ATAG (Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines) for authoring tools.
Whether your goal is compliance with the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), Section 504 & 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act), CVAA (Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act), or any other compliance law, we've got you covered. An ACR (Accessibility Conformance Report), sometimes referred to as a VPAT (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template) certificate, can also help in the procurement process for Section 508, and we can help you with that as well. Check out our Services if you'd like more information about how we help you become accessibility compliant, no matter what law you're trying to meet.
Working with Nock & Sparrow has been a two-fold benefit for our design studio. When working alongside Nock & Sparrow on client projects, we know we can trust their expertise in web accessibility and provide valuable insights into the work we do in UI and UX. They bring tremendous value and authority to our projects. We've also picked up a lot of great information from our trainings which we then use in our work not only designing for web but also selling design with confidence to speak into web accessibility. Our clients are very receptive to learning about accessibility, and it definitely adds value to the overall project but gives us an edge over others without that knowledge.Joshua Vizzacco, Owner, Designer at Rural.Design