ADA Compliance

Are you aware that your website must comply with ADA regulations? And if it doesn’t, you could face fines of $20,000 or more?

If you’re nervous about what you’ve just read, don’t worry—you’re not alone. Most website owners are unaware of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations that must be incorporated into their sites. But with lawsuits becoming more common, the importance of having an ADA-compliant site is escalating.

Regardless of industry—law firm, food chain, small thrift store with an online shopping experience—your site is susceptible to a lawsuit if certain features aren’t enabled on your site.

What are those necessary features? Here are a few:

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Your Solutions

So what types of changes need to be made to your website in order to comply with the ADA regulations? Where do you start? How can you ensure your company is safe from the legal professionals coming after those who aren’t keeping up to speed with the new website regulations?

There are several main aspects to your site that will keep your site operating legally in accordance with the ADA.

Font Sizing/Magnifying

If visitors to your website are visually-impaired and your font is unreadable, they won’t know where to go or how to access your site’s features. In the Domino’s Pizza lawsuit, the individual filing the grievance was unable to place their order due to their inability to see. This isn’t just limited to font sizing—some font types are unreadable to the visually-impaired as well. Having the ability to zoom in and out of a site, as well as choosing an ADA-compliant font, is vital.

Screen Contrast

Those who are colorblind may be unable to see certain images on your screen. For this reason, one of the new website guidelines, WCAG 2.0, is that companies have 3 different contrast display options on their site. This allows these visitors the ability to change background color and text so that it can be easily read.

Keyboard Navigation

Many of us use a mouse to navigate through our computer’s monitor, or we use the touchpad on our laptop. For many users with motor disabilities, this isn’t an option. These visitors to your site will use keyboard navigation and if your site isn’t compatible, you could end up with a pretty hefty fine.

Image Descriptions

As content writers, we like to add some photos into our pages to help support the text. But where we use other images without supporting text around it is where ADA compliance becomes fuzzy. For these website images with no supporting text, a text alternative must be provided to explain the image.

Flash Blocking

Flashy pop-ups, images, or videos on your website could cause seizures in those susceptible to having them. Software that eliminates news tickers, pop-up windows, or automated image scrolling can make your website ADA compliant.

Text Reader

A text reader is something everyone is beginning to use so they can listen to text hands-free. We see this is audiobooks and in documents created in a word processor. Having the ability to have your website’s text read back to a visitor is a key component to ensuring your website’s compliance.

Screen Reader

The screen reader is designed for the interaction of a website for a blind user. This reader converts digital text to synthesized speech when prompted. This dictates all the information necessary for a blind person to successfully navigate throughout your website. This turns previously inaccessible items on your site into accessible ones.

Accessibility Menu

There are many features that make your website ADA compliant. Having a menu of these features is important to allowing those with disabilities the capability to see everything they can do on your site.

Need to Update Your Website to Ensure It’s ADA Compliant?

As website developers and marketers, we focus on giving businesses the advantage of having fast, reliable websites for their customers to easily navigate. It is important to ensure your site is easy to navigate for all visitors.

If you have any additional questions regarding your site being ADA compliant or would like to see how we can help, give us a call at 305-702-0112 or visit our contact page.

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WCAG 2.1 AA
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Section 508
EN 301549
BITV
RGAA
SI 5568
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ADA
Section 508
EN 301549
BITV
RGAA
SI 5568
Stanca Act
JIS
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Large
$111 monthly
Auto remediation For large-size websites Up to 10,000 pages / 1M monthly visits
WCAG 2.1 AA
ADA
Section 508
EN 301549
BITV
RGAA
SI 5568
Stanca Act
JIS
Up to 99% compliance