Although the Americans with Disabilities Act was originally passed in 1990, courts continue to interpret the law as it applies to new situations. One of the most rapidly changing areas of compliance involves websites; in particular, any business that operates a physical location is expected to ensure ADA compliance for their website as well.
In addition, some federal courts have found that even businesses without a physical storefront also fall under the umbrella of the law. Approximately 4500 lawsuits were filed in 2018-19 against companies with non-compliant websites, with California ranking #3 in the US for the total number of suits filed.
For all intents and purposes, we can assume that standards and litigation is unlikely to regress from this point and website owners must take a closer look at assuring their sites meet compliance guidelines or face the potential risk.
So, what do you need to know about ADA compliance?
Compliance Standards Can Be Tricky
For example, a website user who is visually impaired needs different accommodations than someone who is completely blind. While it may be impossible to ensure that every website is accessible to every user 100 percent of the time, ADA compliance practices help you get as close to that goal as possible.
Compliance is Not a “One and Done” Process
New technology will emerge at times, that offers us additional tools to make websites accessible to more users. Therefore, compliance must be approached as an ongoing objective.
Websites also tend to grow over time, as we add blogs, pictures, new pages, and so on. Each time you add or change your content, you must ensure that those additions or changes are also ADA compliant.
Discovering Your Current ADA Compliance Status is Easy
We offer a free compliance audit report, to help website owners discover the current status of their sites and understand what changes need to be made.
Becoming Compliant is Not as Difficult as You Might Think
Even though ADA compliance requires ongoing effort, getting started is simple. We can install software on our clients’ websites that make them compliant within about 24 hours.
After that, the software scans the site daily to ensure ongoing compliance. Each month, the website owner will receive a certificate of compliance that serves as proof of their efforts.
If you’re concerned about digital ADA compliance, contact us to learn more. After we audit your site and identify areas of concern, the fix is quick, easy, and protective.
We can install software on any website that will make it ADA compliant within about 24 hours, scans the site daily to ensure ongoing compliance, and issues a certificate of compliance every month that offers the website owner proof of compliance.
We offer a free compliance audit report so people can discover the current status of their site.