Websites now need to be ADA compliant. It is now required by law that websites be ADA accessible in accordance with section 508. As of January 2018, Federal Agencies, contractors, and any employers that receive federal funding must meet this requirement.
Are You At Risk?
Even if you do not fall under these categories, you could be at risk for lawsuits. Not having an accessible website is grounds for lawsuits and fines and you could end up in court if you do not meet requirements. The industries that are most vulnerable and at risk for ADA website compliance suits include:
- Educational Institutions
Each state varies with regards to the degree at which businesses will be held accountable. Lawsuits can be difficult to prevent because there is no consistency across states, courts, and business types affected. This means the outcomes of these lawsuits are unpredictable. In most cases fighting a violation in court costs a great deal, so businesses are asked to pay damages plus legal fees. By making your website compliant, you can avoid any dees at all. The costs it takes to revamp your site will be far less.
The Importance of Accessibility
It is reasonable for those with disabilities to expect that they can easily access information online, purchase items, and interact with online businesses in the same way as everyone else. Your site can be deemed as inaccessible if there is information, products, services, or content, that cannot be accessed. You must also make sure that the website is tied to the physical location in a way that those with disabilities do not miss out.
Increase Audience and Improve Rankings
Making your website ADA compliant has numerous benefits for your business. With millions of the population having some form of disability, you gain access to all of them through ADA compliance. This means you can expand your target audience to cover an additional 20% of the population. When your site meets the compliance guidelines, it also excels in search engine rankings making accessibility a necessary component of SEO strategy.
What Can We Do For You?
There are no legal standards for an ADA compliant website, so there is no way to be 100% secure. What we can do is help you take the right steps to avoid lawsuits, and to provide all your customers with accessibility. Overall, it will have a positive impact on your business and success. We offer consultation services to help you design the best ADA compliant plan for your business.
There is no such thing as getting compliance at the push of a button, so please do not buy into that. ADA compliance for your site will take time, money, and several changes, but we can help you every step of the way. The four main principles we can guarantee for a compliant website are:
Images will all have alt tags
Videos will have captions
Text is accessible in HTML format
Colors contrasts and font sizes will be customizable.
Your website will be navigated completely with a keyboard
Flashing multimedia can be disables
Time limits can be disabled
All content will be clear and understandable
The site is easy for users to correct and avoid mistakes
Content is intuitive for users to navigate
All content and code is kept up to date
Website will be compatible with current and future tools and features