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Is your website ADA compliant?
An ADA compliant website meets with the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design. What this essentially means is that all electronic information and technology—i.e, the website—must be accessible to those with disabilities. ADA compliance is not to be confused with 508 compliance, however.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of America’s most comprehensive pieces of civil rights legislation. It exists to ensure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else. The ADA gives civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided to individuals on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion.
ADA legislation as it applies to websites remains something of a gray area, with the interpretation of the current law being up to the interpretation of individual courts in the States where a lawsuit is filed.
Generally speaking, courts have consistently reached judgements that either:
While you can check your website for ADA compliance with a manual audit, this will involve evaluating every page of your site for accessibility using the WCAG Guidelines, which can be extremely laborious and time-consuming. It is therefore recommended that you perform an automated website audit, which will quickly and easily allow you to see where you stand with regards to ADA compliance.
WCAG 2.1 are the standards you should be aiming for when working towards accessibility compliance. Because WCAG 2.1 is backward compatible, compliance with it also means you are compliant with the older versions.
The guidelines come in three compliance levels namely A, AA, and AAA. A covers the most basic accessibility features and AAA is fully compliant. AAA will be close to unattainable for most so aspiring for Level AA compliance is considered the best option for most businesses and organizations.
The first step to take for ADA website compliance and before anything else is to audit the current accessibility level of your site to see where you stand.From there, you can develop a sustainable strategy for implementing and maintaining website accessibility.
Failure to comply with Title III of the ADA can receive civil penalties of up to $75,000 for the first offense and $150,000 for subsequent violations. Further costs can be incurred from court fees, attorney fees, and the following cost of remediating the website for accessibility.
In 2019, 2,256 lawsuits were filed in federal court by persons with disabilities based on web accessibility barriers. In 2020 however, digital accessibility lawsuits rose to over 3,500 cases! In fact, 2020 saw almost 10 lawsuits filed every business day in the United States. The year also saw web accessibility extending to other digital experiences such as video accessibility, mobile apps, combined website and app, and mobile websites.