You have a beautiful looking business website that runs smoothly and functions “perfectly,” but does it conform to the standards of The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)?
To make sure your website conforms to ADA standards, you need to ensure that it follows the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines WCAG. The WCAG aims to ensure that no discrimination takes place against individuals with impairments or disabilities.
In 2018, these guidelines were formalized into law. Every business that deals with the general public must ensure that its website conforms to these guidelines and is accessible to those with disabilities. Any website found not to be meeting the minimum standard for accessibility can face fines or, worse still, a lawsuit.
The natural response to this is panic. Many business owners feel the dread that they may have to redesign their entire website.
The good news is that if your website is modern or has been updated recently, it is likely to be meeting some or most of the accessibility criteria already.
The older your website is, especially if you haven’t updated it in the last three years, the more likely it is that you’ll need to make changes to get it up to scratch. In either case a web accessibility analysis is a good idea.
The four principles of WCAG are that websites should be:
The accessibility issues that websites face will occur within these four areas. The following are the typical problems we see when clients get in touch with us for help.
The best way to understand how many or how few of the ADA requirements your website meets is by carrying out a thorough accessibility analysis.
You can do elements of this yourself. For a thorough and efficient accessibility analysis, you can have a web developer do it for you. The advantage of using a web-developer is that he or she will understand ADA compliance inside out and will leave no stone unturned when it comes to your website. They can provide expertise in solving the issues that the analysis uncovers while keeping your website looking its best.
Another alternative is to carry out a light assessments yourself and, if you see areas where you’re failing to comply with ADA requirements, hand it over to a web-developer to dig deeper and solve the issues later.
If you do decide to go down the route of self-analysis, here are some handy tools and tips to get you started:
After you have carried out a web accessibility analysis, you will need to get on top of any areas that need fixing or adjusting. It’s easy to think that it’s not necessary and that something like this can be left to chance, but accessibility lawsuits can and do result from, non-compliant websites. Since ADA web accessibility became law in 2018, any website failing to meet the minimum standards can face severe repercussions.
The sooner your website complies with ADA regulations, the sooner you can relax and know you’re not likely to face any penalties arising from accessibility issues.
Sometimes it’s easier to get the experts involved from the get-go. It’s less time-consuming for you, plus it removes the stress of potentially missing something important.
Your website is the window to your business. Having it in the hands of someone with the right knowledge will ensure it keeps looking and functioning its best, within the law.
At David Taylor Digital, we know how important it is to stay on the right side of the law, especially regarding ADA. We’re a New Jersey-based web design and development agency focused on providing a high-quality service to our clients from our amazing team of design superheroes. Getting your business ADA compliant is important to us, so naturally we offer ADA web design and development for all of our clients.
Our large portfolio of high-profile clients, various case studies, and numerous before and after examples demonstrate our commitment to providing quality, beautiful, and high-performing sites for our customers.
We will be happy to hear from you. We’re looking forward to learning what we can do to get your website in tip-top condition and meeting ADA requirements.
To get the ball rolling, we offer all our potential clients a free web accessibility analysis which will identify the problem areas. We’ll work with you to understand your business and what you require from us, as well as making suggestions for improvements to make everything operate smoothly.
Stay ahead of the game when it comes to ADA compliance. Contact a member of our team via our website, email us, or call us at 973-317-8765 to receive your free accessibility analysis.
In addition to getting your website ADA compliant, we offer a whole range of web design and development services, including:
At David Taylor Digital, we’ll help you reap the benefits of a professional website that keeps you in-line with the law, works better for everyone, and helps you outshine your competition.