Ensuring that your website is accessible to anyone just does not cut it today anymore. It is equally important to ensure that your website is ADA compliant. There is a major difference between an accessible website and an ADA-compliant website. This difference can bring about a huge impact on your business.
The ADA or Americans with Disabilities Act is a law the regulates accessibility for government entities, businesses, and more. Though the ADA does not specifically discuss about websites, the US Courts have deemed Title III from the act to be associated with website design. In simple words, websites should meet certain criteria before they can be considered ADA compliant.
While considering the kind of website you are operating, how accessibility is measured will depend on how people with disabilities can access the content and functions of your website. In the development stage of your website, you have to consider the technical operation aspect of it all so that you are in compliance with the law. Moreover, this process also gives all people regardless of the abilities the access to your website.
When it comes to running your business and your website, you can do a few things to make it accessible to all people even those with disabilities and make it ADA compliant. As much as possible, people with disabilities should be able to access all the content present on your website. Navigating your website should be done by them without too much difficulties in order for them to benefit from the services that you have to offer and the information you have for them.
You will know if your website is ADA compliant for many things. If you want to check if your website meets ADA compliance standards, you can check the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA success criteria. You will find 38 requirements that fall under the WCAG 2.0 success criteria. Not meeting all 38 requirements does not automatically imply that your website is inaccessible to people with disabilities. However, there are valuable requirements from the list that should be taken into account.
Understanding the WCAG criteria is going to take you a long time, and if you are no lawyer, it will be difficult to comprehend. The essential principles of the WCAG, however, can be obtained with the Web Accessibility Standards or WAS. Not only is it more direct but also it is easier to follow.
There is a need for adaptability and more room for businesses, establishments, organizations, and people to be compliant with web accessibility regulations. Seeking advice from a lawyer who specializes in ADA compliance is your best solution to ensuring that you follow the law.
Even if you know that you have to make an effort to ensure an accessible website, you can’t just use one method to do so. You can start with WAS, though, because it is less complicated than WCAG.