What is Website Accessibility and ADA Compliance?

Published 2023-02-20T06:00:00 by Bryan Miller

As the number of internet users continues to grow, it’s more important than ever to ensure that websites are accessible to all users, including those with disabilities. ADA-compliant websites are becoming increasingly essential for businesses and organizations to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and provide a positive user experience for all.

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Requirements

The ADA aims to protect individuals with disabilities from discrimination, including in places of public accommodation. Websites are considered places of public accommodation and must be accessible to individuals with disabilities. The law applies to businesses and organizations of all sizes, and non-compliance can result in legal action and hefty fines.

  1. Non-discrimination: Websites must not discriminate against individuals with disabilities and provide equal access to all content and features.
  2. Accessibility standards: Websites must meet accessibility standards established by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA.
  3. Accommodation of assistive technology: Websites must be compatible with assistive tech: screen readers and alternative input devices.
  4. Alternative text for non-text content: Websites must provide alternative text for non-text content: images, videos, and audio files.
  5. Keyboard accessibility: Websites must be navigable by keyboard alone, without a mouse or other pointing device.
  6. Time limits: Websites must allow users with disabilities sufficient time to complete tasks and not enforce unreasonable time limits.
  7. Clear and concise content: Websites must present content that is easy to understand.
  8. Contact information: Websites must provide contact information for individuals with disabilities to request accommodations.
  9. Maintenance of accessibility: Websites must be regularly maintained and updated to ensure continued compliance with ADA requirements.
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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

The WCAG provides a set of standards for making websites accessible to individuals with disabilities and is considered the standard for compliance with the ADA. There are three levels of compliance: A, AA, and AAA, with AA being the recommended level for most websites. WCAG compliance can help ensure that websites are accessible to individuals with disabilities, including those who are blind, deaf, or have mobility impairments.

Benefits of Creating an ADA-Compliant Website

Creating an ADA-compliant website offers several benefits, including:
Improved user experience for all users, including those with disabilities. Increased website traffic and engagement, as accessible websites, are more likely to be used and shared. Reduced risk of legal action and fines due to non-compliance.

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Making Your Website ADA Compliant

Creating an ADA-compliant website involves considering accessibility at all stages of development. It’s crucial to design websites with accessibility in mind, including accessibility features such as alternative text for images, video captions, and keyboard navigation. You can use automated tools to test for accessibility, but manual testing by individuals with disabilities is also necessary to ensure full compliance.

Consequences of Non-Compliance

Non-compliance with ADA regulations can result in legal action and hefty fines. It’s crucial to regularly monitor and update websites to ensure continued compliance with ADA website requirements. Failure to comply can damage a business’s reputation and lead to lost business opportunities.

Working with Accessibility Consultants and Legal Counsel

Businesses should work with accessibility consultants/legal counsel to ensure compliance with ADA website requirements. Accessibility consultants can guide the designing of an accessible website and testing for compliance, while legal counsel can help ensure that websites are fully compliant with ADA regulations.

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Creating an ADA-compliant website is not only a legal requirement. It’s also essential for providing a positive user experience for all users. By following the WCAG standards and working with accessibility consultants and legal counsel, businesses can create websites that are accessible to individuals with disabilities and reduce their risk of legal action and fines. Ultimately, creating ADA-compliant websites is a win-win for businesses and their customers.

Bryan Miller

Bryan Miller

Bryt Designs

Bryan Miller is an entrepreneur and web tech enthusiast specializing in web design, development and digital marketing. Bryan is a recent graduate of the MBA program at the University of California, Irvine and continues to pursue tools and technologies to find success for clients across a varieties of industries.

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