After the Internet accessibility standards were established in 1998, organizations were frustrated with the complexity and ambiguity of the rules and standards. Not being able to easily scan their own site to view and ultimately fix the inaccessible issues in a coherent way, most organizations began to ignore the accessibility standards altogether.
The Bureau of Internet Accessibility (BOIA) was established in 2001 by a group of Internet programmers who saw the need for a resource to support Internet accessibility initiatives and scan sites for accessibility issues while also providing guidance as to how to fix these issues. In June of 2003, the BOIA was officially registered as a Not-For-Profit organization in DC. In 2005, the board elected to remove its not-for-profit status and become a self-reliant corporation.
BOIA’s testing enables all organizations to understand how accessible their web site is to users with accessibility requirements. Additionally, the BOIA facilitates direct communication between people with accessibility concerns and the personnel who can resolve their concerns. We use the Section 508 and WCAG 2 (A/AA/AAA) as the baseline standards for accessibility testing. To maintain the highest level of service, we are constantly using feedback from our community to progressively update the standards as technology progresses.
We would like to thank the individuals and companies who have generously donated their time and money to bring the Bureau of Internet Accessibility to life.