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SHOULD YOUR WEBSITE BE ADA COMPLIANT?

ADA or the American Disabilities Act consists of three different levels of requirement to meet before you are considered compliant and are outlined in the WCAG 2.0.

WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT THE ADA?

Just imagine this for a moment: It’s a late Friday after noon and a compliance officer walks into your office and hands you a letter, you’re a bit confused but notice the header on the letter is from a law firm. This law firm just goes around looking for websites that are NON-ADA COMPLIANT and sends them these letters.

The law firm is seeking a settlement on behalf of one of it’s clients they dug up citing issues on barriers to access your website services. Your compliance officer asks you, “Is our website not in compliance with the ADA?”

As you check the letter terms like WCAG “Compliance failures” and “Accessibility Guidelines” stick out to you.

“You know I have no idea if our website is ADA compliance I figured it never dawn on me that our website could be in violation.” You say to your compliance officer.

Now let’s step back a moment in time before reading that scenario.

You know you have seen or heard about being ADA Compliances, your bank for instant and its services have been working for decades to make sure your business is ADA complaint, why not your Website Developers as well?

The fact lies in who you hire, a reputable Website Developer would be coding your site to a strict standard, but when you start buying themes and services from countries who do not care to follow our laws, you get what you pay for, and now law firms are taken advantage due to ADA Compliance acts and or copy-right laws.

(I Stress to hire Americans who understand the strict standards we strive for in the united states. When a company doesn’t care about Copyright laws and ADA compliance they may be doing more harm to your business then good!)

WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

With most companies, you’ll have to go over your website with a fine-tooth comb for accessibility guidelines and make sure that your website is in fact accessible for everyone

With most companies, you’ll have to go over your website with a fine-tooth comb for accessibility guidelines and make sure that your website is in fact accessible for everyone

TIME TO AUDIT IS NOW

The truth is, depending on who you hired to do your Website Deployment you are looking at a full site audit, unless they created it with the ADA in mind. You do not need a letter from a law firm to start this process, be pro active and start getting your website ADA Complaint now, before April of this year.

It’s better to come up with a plan today rather then wait till you get that letter and may be out more money in he long run. Lets us even help you audit your site and help you get that plan set in place to become ADA Compliant.

Don’t fall victim and be forced to be ADA Complaint because of these reasons.

Legal Issues

Reaching your potential consumers is very important, but also making sure every user has access to your site, do not wait for legal actions to become ADA Complaint and become proactive and start becoming complaint today.

"As long as this issue remains unclear and without set guidelines from the DOJ, companies like yours who do business on the web can expect that not bringing your site up to ADA standards could leave you open to the possibility of litigation." - New Media Campaigns

SEO

Since search engines use these strict standards SEO and Accessibility overlaps each other. Making your site more accessible also make search engines index your site better. Remember search engines are in fact blind when they search and index the websites online.

  • Image captioning
  • Video transcription
  • Title tags
  • Link anchor text
  • Semantic HTML
  • On-site sitemaps, table of contents, and/or breadcrumbs
  • Content ordering
  • Image alt attributes
  • Header tags (H1, H2, etc.)
  • Size and color contrast of text

What are the ADA Levels?

The ADA compliance uses what is called WCAG 2.0 as it’s the guidelines, it's separated into three different levels. 412 Media Design can help you understand and make your website ADA compliant.

The WCAG 2.0 was published in December, 2008 and became an official international standard for website accessibility in 2012. These guidelines were first established in 1999 through the work of Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). - Wake Fly

WCAG follows four principals which the guidelines are based on include but not limited to.

  • Perceivable
  • Operable
  • Understandable
  • Robust

The levels are separated from the most basic (level A) to medium compliance (AA) and full compliance (AAA). Your website will need to meet the following checkpoints by April 2018:

  • The text on your website will be required to meet the minimum contrast ratio against it's background color, which may significantly impact the design of your website.
  • The text on your website will be required to meet the minimum contrast ratio against it's background color, which may significantly impact the design of your website.
  • Your Website must be able to be navigated by the keyboard only.
  • Screen reading software should be able to navigate your website.
  • The text on your website must be able to scale up to 200% without causing any horizontal scolling or content breaking issues on you website design.

HOW TO BECOME ADA COMPLIANCE

BRING YOUR WEBSITE UP TO COMPLIANCE

Sometimes getting a new site to be compliance from the ground up is not in the forecast. So, you’ll have to audit your whole Website and find the portions that are not compliant and fix them, Or you could just hire us to audit your site and fix the issues!

NEW WEBSITE DESIGN

Maybe you have been thinking of a new Website Redesign any ways, well now is the time if you have been on the fence, we can also help you create a customized ADA Compliance website.

Let us help you Give us a call at 724-515-5675