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What Does ADA Compliance Mean for Your Website?

ADA Compliance
ADA Compliance

What exactly is ADA compliance?

The Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design, which state that all electronic and information technology (such as websites) must be accessible to people with disabilities, are referred to as ADA compliance testing.

Because of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design, released by the United States Department of Justice in 2010, more businesses are asking these questions.

These standards require businesses to provide and maintain sites that are usable and accessible to people with disabilities.

With resources such as the web content accessibility (WCAG) guidelines and ADA compliance services, your company can begin making your site accessible to users worldwide.

That proactive approach can help your company grow and demonstrate its dedication to serving users worldwide.

Who is required to follow ADA guidelines?

You may wonder if ADA compliance applies to you now that you understand it.

Organizations that must comply with ADA requirements include:

• Government agencies at the state and local levels

• Employers with 15 or more employees in the private sector

• Businesses that operate for the public good

Because the ADA includes electronic and information technology, such as the Internet and its websites, ADA compliance affects almost all businesses and web admins.

In most cases, sites (and their designs) are paying attention to ADA requirements.

Even if ADA compliance does not apply to you, it is critical to creating a user-friendly website.

What if your website needs to be ADA-compliant?

Unfortunately, if your website is not ADA-compliant, you are liable.

If people with disabilities cannot access or use your website, a lawsuit may be filed against your company.

Even if your company had no intention of discriminating against or excluding people with disabilities from visiting or using your website, you could face thousands of dollars in legal fees.

WCAG's core principles are as follows:

• Perceivable: You want users to be able to perceive all the information on your site, like text, images, video, and more. Even if a user can't see your website's text or listen to your website's video, you need to provide an alternative.

• Operable: You want users to be able to navigate your site and use all its features. Any user, for example, should have the means to use your main navigation and any site tools, like calculators.

• Understandable: You want users to have the means to understand your website content. Users can understand your site's text, images, videos, and tools. For example, your site may include instructions for using a feature, like a calculator or a contact form.

• Robust: You want users to have the ability to receive the same experience, even if using assistive technologies. For example, people reading your content versus those using a voice reader should get the same content even if it's delivered differently.

Need help becoming ADA-compliant?

Helia Mohammadi

Social Media Specialist

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