Find out the increasing importance of making your website accessible for Americans with disabilities and complying with the ADA.
Is Your Website ADA Compliant?
What is ADA
The American Disabilities Act (ADA) was a law signed by President George H.W. Bush on July 26th of 1990. This law prohibits any discrimination against people with disabilities, and additionally, it is to guarantee that they are offered equal opportunities.
The Importance of ADA Compliance and Web Design
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires certain businesses to make accommodations for people with disabilities, including web design accommodations. A website needs to be accessible to all, such as those who are deaf or blind. While most users use standard browsers, those with disabilities typically use tools such as text readers and audio scanners to help convey the information.
What is WCAG?
WCAG stands for the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, which is a set of guidelines to follow the accessibility standards in regards to web design. There are three levels of conformance. A (minimum level of conformance), AA, AAA (maximum level of conformance). Most businesses will set their standard level to AA as it is achievable and conforms well with the ADA.
Benefits of ADA Compliance
- You can serve to a wider audience, which can open up new revenue opportunities
- Less risk of legal action taken, while it is not always required there have been cases
- Avoid your organization being sued for not being accessible to the disabled
- Search Engine Optimization
- User Experience will be heightened
Our top tips for ADA compliance:
- Run the site through an accessibility analyzer – we recommend WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool
- Add proper alt-text to your images & graphics
- Try navigating through the site with just your “Tab” key
- Check to see if your colors contrast enough – WebAIM
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