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Make Your Website ADA Compliant ASAP

Did you know your site has to meet certain standards set by the Americans with Disabilities Act and if it doesn’t you can wind up with a lawsuit on your hands?

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Don’t wait until you’re sued to do something about ADA compliance.

The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) is a civil rights law signed in 1990, protecting Americans with disabilities from discrimination in any aspect of public life. These protections include provisions to ensure businesses, government buildings and any public or private space that is open to the public are accessible to those with disabilities. With the advent of the internet, the ADA has been interpreted to also include web accessibility by the Department of Justice and United States courts, ensuring those with disabilities can easily access and navigate business websites.

The ADA itself does not have specific guidelines about website accessibility, but the current standards used are established by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). The WCAG guidance ensures your website content is created and displayed in a way that makes it accessible to users who are blind, deaf or who use assistive technologies like screen readers or voice navigation to interact with your website. These are some of the guidelines established by the WCAG:

  • Your website must be perceivable – those with visual impairments can read your content with assistive technologies.
  • Your website must be operable – your site is easy to navigate even for those with disabilities who may use tools like keyboard accessibility.
  • Your website must be understandable – your website content must be easy to read and comprehend.
  • Your website must be robust – your website content must be compatible with various devices, platforms and tools like assistive technologies.

If your website does not follow these guidelines and doesn’t meet the accessibility standards established by the ADA, your business can be held liable, resulting in a lawsuit. The ADA is a strict liability law, meaning there are no acceptable explanations if a lawsuit is filed. The ONLY way to protect your brand and business from the financial and reputational harm this can cause is to ensure your website meets ADA standards.

Our expert web development team can review your site and complete a full compliance conversion, making sure your site is accessible and your business is safe. Fill out the form on this page and get in touch with our web development team today!

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