Is your company’s website ADA compliant? Achieving and maintaining ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance on your company’s website is crucial for ensuring adherence to federal regulations, as well as guaranteeing that every visitor to your site is able to fully engage with the content during their online experience.
Read on to learn more about what ADA compliance entails, and what steps you need to take to achieve it.
ADA compliance for websites first emerged in 2010, when the U.S. Department of Justice introduced the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design.
This pivotal, game-changing legislation was enacted in order to provide equitable access for those with disabilities in the digital age.
Since its inception, most companies are required by law to maintain and offer certain accessibility features on their websites to all individuals with various disabilities.
Certain features are implemented into a website’s design to allow users to view, read, listen to, adjust, and/or otherwise fully engage with online content. In fact, all electronic and information technology is subject to this mandate.
Failure to comply with these regulations, even if not done intentionally, can result in lawsuits, which can impose hefty fines and legal fees. Individuals with disabilities who feel that they have been discriminated against due to your website’s lack of accessibility tools or resources can take legal action against you.
Even if you find that you and/or your business does not fall under one of the required ADA compliance categories, it is still a good rule of thumb to ensure that your site is fully functional and usable for all users.
Although there are no specific, official guidelines set forth by the U.S. Department of Justice, there are recommendations that we heavily suggest you adhere to in order to assure users that your website and complete user experience are ADA-compliant.
Two immensely helpful resources used in determining how to achieve ADA compliance are the web content accessibility guidelines, often referred to as WCAG, in addition to Automated ADA & Section 508 Compliance Services guidelines. Both resources are instrumental in providing pivotal guidance for ADA compliance
“Companies” is a rather broad term. Let’s look closer at who or what exactly is covered in this category. Specifically, those who fall under the following categories are subject to ADA compliance:
Based on the above-listed specifications, most webmasters and businesses find themselves impacted by ADA compliance standards.
Specialized ADA compliance website services can, when implemented effectively, immediately meet—and exceed—the standards set forth by law.
NetConnect Digital Agency, the #1 marketing services provider in Pennsylvania, offers 100% ADA compliance for your website, almost instantaneously.
NCDA’s ADA compliance services start by assessing your company’s website accessibility in the following areas:
From there, your team at NCDA will utilize a blend of machine learning and computer vision technologies in order to refine or translate your company’s current website status into ADA-compliant content.
Here are some examples of innovative features that are used by NCDA for achieving ADA compliance:
Foreground Application—Visually impaired users can adjust features like content, color, display, and site navigation to suit their needs.
Background Application—Both visually impaired and motor-impaired users alike can benefit from tools like “screen reader” and “keyboard navigation” features. These innovations are particularly impressive due to the fact that prior to these advancements, such adjustments were only possible when done manually, which involved a great deal of time and troubleshooting.
Do you need to achieve 100% ADA compliance on your company’s website? What are you waiting for? Call us to learn more about NetConnect Digital Agency’s stellar services.
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