Is your website designed with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance in mind?
ADA Compliant web design is a hot topic. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was originally passed in the 1990s to protect Americans with a variety of disabilities from discrimination. The ADA is the reason why stores are wheelchair accessible and why parking lots always have handicapped spots. The law covers a vast number of sectors, including transportation, employment, and – you guessed it – the internet.
What does ADA Compliance refer to?
Title III of the ADA relates directly to private businesses. According to the ADA National Network, Title III requires that “all new construction and modifications be accessible to individuals with disabilities. For existing facilities, barriers to services must be removed if it is readily achievable.”
Back in the 1990s, “barriers to services” were much more literal – stairs, for instance, or a customer service counter too high for a person in a wheelchair to access. In the age of digital media, the internet has unveiled a unique set of “barriers to service” that aren’t so black-and-white to fix.
Why should I care about ADA Compliant web design?
Many companies are being sued over websites that aren’t following best practices when it comes to ADA compliant design and content. These potentially problematic features range from hard-coded development issues (such as the site not being navigable by keyboard) to SEO missteps (missing alt tags on images) to social media mistakes (linking out to non-compliant sites), and much, much more.
At Site-Seeker, we’ve been developing websites with ADA principles and best practices in mind for 15 years. We understand the risks and are experienced in ways (both one-off tactics and ongoing, long-term strategies) to work towards ADA compliance. Stay tuned to our website for more resources or contact us to learn more.