Why ADA Website Compliance Is Being Enforced
Although many more people are cognizant of the challenges faced by those who live with disabilities, not all businesses comply with the necessary guidelines set forth in 1990 by the American Disabilities Act (ADA). But most don’t even know it.
Companies have put focus on ensuring that their physical business aligns with the law, specifically in the changes needed to make accessibility to their premises accommodating to people with disabilities. These include wheelchair ramps, widened hallways, accessible restrooms, and more.
Then where’s the problem? The virtual space.
ADA Contains Ambiguity that Attorneys Can Capitalize On
Sometimes the law doesn’t catch up with business trends and the escalation of technology. ADA is no different, though the way much of the law is languaged allows for interpretation, and the updates needed to apply to today’s standards. Consider,
- How you search online for a business.
- How you navigate through a website.
- The way you make a purchase online.
These steps in our everyday lives are not always readily available to those with disabilities, especially the blind or visually-impaired. Many web-based business owners never even thought about it.
Now, websites are getting flagged for non-ADA compliance. But do you know what to do to put your site into a better ADA light?
Steps to Making Website ADA Compliance
Here are some of the ways to support the ADA on your website.
- Ensure keyboard navigation
- Add text and media enlargement features
- Provide alt tags for media files
- Add content transcripts
- Optimize header code
To learn more ways to optimize your website for ADA, refer to this ADA blog post here or contact us.
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