ADA-compliance for websites is now a legal requirement in accordance with Section 508. As of January 2018, federal agencies, contractors, and any employers receiving federal funding must ensure their websites are accessible and meet ADA standards. This is a crucial step towards creating a more inclusive and accessible digital landscape for everyone.

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:

Attorneys

Doctors

Ecommerce

Educational Institutions

Hospitals

Psychiatrists

Retail

Each state varies with regard to the degree to 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 fees 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?

ADA compliance for websites is a critical aspect for business success in today’s digital age. While there may be no strict legal standards for an ADA-compliant website, taking the necessary steps to avoid lawsuits and provide accessibility to all customers can have a positive impact on your business.

At Web Wizards, we understand the challenges of ADA compliance and are here to help you navigate the process. Our consultation services will assist you in creating a customized ADA-compliant plan that fits your unique needs and goals.

It’s important to note that achieving compliance is not a one-time, quick fix. It takes time, effort, and resources to ensure your website meets the requirements. However, our team can guide you through the process and help you implement the necessary changes to become compliant.

The four key principles we prioritize for an ADA-compliant website are:

Perception:
Images will all have alt tags
Videos will have captions
Text is accessible in HTML format
Colors contrasts and font sizes will be customizable.

Operation:
Your website will be navigated completely with a keyboard
Flashing multimedia can be disabled
Time limits can be disabled

Understanding:
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

Robust:
All content and code are kept up to date
The website will be compatible with current and future tools and features

Let’s Unleash Your Full Potential

Some Brands We Work With