Capital Management Services Updates Website to Meet ADA Accessibility Standards
Capital Management Services (CMS) is committed to our consumers and is proud to introduce our newest website update integrating user accessibility features in compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1. The new features will expand the access of all consumers to important information and documents within the website.
Specific User Profile Adjustments
Our new accessibility options provide not one, but six different user profiles available to our consumers. These profiles allow easier navigation for people with vision impairment, cognitive disability, ADHD, seizures, and blind users. For example, a person with visual impairments like cataracts, tunnel vision, or glaucoma may need more color contrast, enhanced visuals, or different page layouts in their profile. For those with ADHD or Neurodevelopmental disorders, the profile helps significantly reduce distractions to enhance users’ ability to browse, read, and focus on the essential elements of the website. Consumers even have the option to make specific content, color, and orientation adjustments for more of a customized experience if more adjustments are needed.
CMS partnered with Branding Arc, a marketing firm for businesses in the accounts receivable industry, to integrate our Accessibility tools. The team at Branding Arc will continue to provide scans that will locate and fix any accessibility and compliance errors after the initial ADA integration. This ensures that the website maintains compliance with accessibility standards. To make sure ADA accessibility is available across all types of devices, the service extends to mobile, tablets, and desktop devices.
The Importance of Web Accessibility in ARM industry
While many companies like CMS are upgrading to more fair and inclusive websites, these standards are currently only recommended guidelines and not yet a requirement. In the Accounts Receivable Management industry, web accessibility can be used to increase communication options and financial literacy among all of its consumers. Below are helpful definitions and references of the legislation and organizations surrounding ADA and accessibility compliance:
- WCAG 2.1– WCAG stands for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and it sets the standard for most countries around the world. The WCAG was created by the World Wide Web Consortium, or the W3C. WCAG 2.1 is the most up-to-date version.
- ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act and was signed into law by President George Bush in 1990. ADA essentially prohibits the discrimination of anyone based on ability or disability.
- Section 508 was an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1978, addressing technology and accessibility. (It was most recently updated in 2017)
Why did CMS Invest in Accessibility?
“As our website states, ‘We value the opportunity to support our community’ and the introduction of our new ADA accessibility tool is our opportunity to make sure that all of those in our community are able to have a positive experience while interacting with our online content,” says Capital Management Services President Larry Costa. “We wanted to go beyond what was recommended and exceed industry standards for quality and compliance because we are a consumer-focused business.”
Visit Our Site
For a self-guided demonstration of our accessibility features and browsing modes, we invite you to try it out for yourself. On our website, there is a circular person icon in the lower-left corner of the website. Click the icon to open a menu of options to explore.
About Branding Arc
Located in Port Saint Lucie, FL, Branding Arc is a full-service marketing agency focused on providing website, marketing, and reputation management services to the receivables management and financial services industries. Our team is composed of communications and branding experts who listen to your vision, learn your story, and use that understanding to help each client position their brand, find new customers, and manage their online reputation. We customize each client engagement ranging from simple one-time projects to the outsourcing of your entire marketing department, adeptly handling creative direction, graphic design, programming, and project management. By closely monitoring the marketplace and competition, we are able to identify trends and leverage opportunities that drive bottom-line revenue for our clients.
About Capital Management Services
Capital Management Services LP is a nationally licensed collection agency headquartered in Buffalo, NY that provides the highest quality of proven recovery and project solutions across the financial industry. We maintain our reputation as a proven leader and performer through our attention to detail and tailoring our strategies to meet the unique needs of each portfolio or project. We are proud of our ability to consistently surpass all industry standards for quality and provide outstanding services that add strategic value to every client partnership.