Over the recent years, ADA Compliance has been kind of a hot button topic, especially when it comes to Online ADA Compliance. So, what is all the chatter about? Are you bound by law to make sure your website is up to date with ADA Compliance standards? Well the answer isn’t super clear.

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is often associated with physical locations and accommodations certain businesses must make for people with disabilities. These accommodations typically include wheelchair accessibility, access to service animals and the use of Braille for customers who are visually impaired. However, the ADA could also extend to the digital realm, requiring businesses to ensure web content is accessible to all users. Notice I say could. In some cases, business have been sued because their websites have not met ADA standards. The outcomes of these court cases have been pretty much split, all depending on the judge assigned to the case.[1]

So, is it worth it to invest into making your website ADA compliant? I would suggest it. When it comes to your business, you need to make sure every chance of a lawsuit is mitigated.

But what does an ADA compliant website look like? Businesses that fall under ADA Title I or ADA Title III are required to develop a website that offers “reasonable accessibility” to people with disabilities. Your website will want to follow best practices that meet Level A WCAG 2.0 Requirements. An example would be to install a screen reader with options for the user to enlarge text size on web pages, as well as giving users the ability to adjust screen contrast for easier reading visibility.

Luckily, we know how to develop your website to meet Level A WCAG 2.0 Requirements, and we’d love to talk it through with you.

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[1] Source: Uzialko, A. C. (2019, May 24). How to Create an ADA-Compliant Business Website. Retrieved from http://www.businessnewsdaily.com/10900-ada-website-requirements.html  

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