What Is ADA Compliance?
The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 set standards for accessible businesses serving the public. Today ADA compliance is also being applied to website design as websites are considered places where business transpires amongst the people. It states that all electronic media and information technology, including websites, must be accessible to people that have disabilities.
Who Must Have An ADA Compliant Website?
ADA Compliant websites are a requirement if the website is for:
- a local, county, state, or federal government agency,
- a business that depends on the general public for business,
- private companies with 15 or more employees.
How Can I Tell If My Website Is ADA Compliant?
There are several online tools you can use to test your website. Just type your domain name into the form cell on their test page. You can try the checker at WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool here.
What Are The Requirements For Compliance?
What Are The Risks If My Website Is Not ADA Compliant?
A person with disabilities can potentially sue you if they claim your website is not accessible. Once thought to apply only to bricks and mortar facilities where business was transacted, in recent years, websites have been considered places of business and must be accessible to all. Lawsuits involving disabled persons and companies such as Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. & Blick Art Supplies in New York have proven that businesses are exposed to lawsuits based on their websites not meeting ADA compliance standards.
Can You Make My Website ADA Compliant?
We’ve built many ADA Compliant websites. As an ADA Compliant web agency, we can also work to make your existing website compliant.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
You can find the outline for accessibility standards using this link Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0).