AMP - Service ended July 31, 2019

The Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) service is ending on July 31, 2019.

The University's license for the Accessibility Management Platform (AMP) ended on July 31, 2019. Below you will find information about why the service is ending, what to use instead, and what's next for accessibility testing tools at UW–Madison. 

How do I retrieve my data from AMP? 

AMP reports were available for download prior to July 31, 2019. All active users from the last 12 months of service were emailed several reminders to retrieve their reports online. Unfortunately, beyond the July 31, 2019 deadline, there is no way to retrieve reports for this expired service. 

Why cancel AMP? 

AMP was originally selected in August 2014 to provide UW–Madison with an easy-to-use website accessibility testing tool with actionable recommendations for fixing barriers. Unfortunately, most users reported difficulty with learning and using AMP, and campus adoption did not become widespread enough to justify the increased cost of the license. Since 2014, more usable and targeted accessibility testing tools have emerged. Given the relatively low adoption of AMP and the opportunity to find better tools for the campus community, we made the decision to end the university's contract with AMP.  

When will there be a replacement for AMP? 

The Center for Digital Accessibility & User Experience has been actively working to understand campus needs and to find cost-effective, appropriate replacements for this tool along with providing guidance and support to improve the accessibility of university websites and applications. We hope to share new resources and guidance with campus starting in the Fall semester. 

What should I use instead of AMP? 

The following tools are just a few free tools available to those conducting automated accessibility testing on websites. More tools, training, and recommendations will be made available starting in the Fall semester. 

WAVE Web Accessibility Tool

The WAVE Web Accessibility Tool by WebAIM is a free tool that allows the user to conduct free website and web app page accessibility testing as well as identifying contrast accessibility barriers in a low effort way. This tool allows users to test via any browser or add an extension to the Chrome or Firefox browser. 

The Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE)

The Functional Accessibility Evaluator (FAE) 2.0 by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is a fast and low effort tool for conducting automated accessibility testing by crawling multiple or all pages of a website. This tool also has an optional Firefox extension called AInspector.  

Axe: The Accessibility Engine for Developers 

Axe: The Accessibility Engine for Developers by Deque is a free accessibility testing tool that allows developers to run a Chrome or Firefox extension. There is also a testing app for Android currently available, and an iOS app coming soon.  

Who should I contact with questions or concerns? 

For assistance please contact Sandi Arendalkowski, Accessibility Lead in the Center for Digital Accessibility & User Experience at sandi.arendalkowski@wisc.edu.