ADA Compliance & Website Accessibility
Roughly one billion people, or 15 percent of the global population, are living with some form of disability. Many of those same people also face challenges due to the lack of assistive technologies and non-adapted means of communication available to help them navigate online.
Ensuring that your website is ADA compliant means making certain that ALL people, regardless of their abilities, are able to access and navigate your organization’s website without issues.
ADA Compliance & Web Design
ADA compliance refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design [source]. In short, all electronic information and technology (i.e. websites) must be accessible to those with disabilities.
Why should you care if your website is ADA compliant?
If your website does not meet ADA compliance standards, you may be at risk for a lawsuit, and you may also be subject to the following:
- Legal fees
- Costs incurred from having to rebuild and/or redesign your website to meet ADA compliance requirements
- Public relations issues (having to explain a lawsuit or complaints against accessibility)
- Possible settlement
- Losing clients/prospective clients
ADA Compliance Expertise & Web Accessibility Services
Look to the Right (LTTR) offers professional ADA compliance services that can get your online organization/business caught up to speed with the latest rules and regulations detailed in Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act as well as the Web Accessibility Initiative’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 — the standard for most legislation.
Our team knows that there are specific regulations regarding web accessibility standards, which ensure that people with disabilities can successfully access and engage with online businesses.
Many people with disabilities use assistive technology to help them use digital devices, such as computers. Some of these assistive technologies assist by reading text aloud, which makes it all the more important to use alt tags on images. Another example is using low color contrast for users who are color blind, have visual impairments, or need color contrast in order to better navigate your site.
Allow LTTR to Make Your Website Accessible to All
Globally, people with disabilities have a spending power of more than $6 trillion, and of those with disabilities, roughly 80 percent have taken their business elsewhere due to limited or poor web accessibility.
If your website isn’t accessible to all people, you’re not only doing a disservice to those with disabilities, you’re also doing a disservice to your business with potential legal consequences.
LTTR can help your organization improve accessibility and overall user experience while meeting the requirements mandated by the ADA. Contact us today to get started.