ADA Compliance Panic?
We are hearing more and more about ADA non-compliance warnings. They typically come in the form of a letter or an email informing you that websites in your industry are facing legal action for not being ADA compliant. It sounds scary, but it’s important to know that there are easy ways to check your site’s level of accessibility, and that many of the changes you might need to make are often pretty easy.
I’m not a lawyer, and Gravitate isn’t offering legal advice, but we can offer some guidance on WCAG 2.0 guidelines, and the steps you can take to improve your website’s accessibility.
What Should I know?
It’s important to note that, at this time, the US DOJ has not established all-encompassing guidelines for ADA Title III compliance, but that doesn’t mean you should ignore the accessibility needs of site visitors with disabilities. A lack of DOJ-established guidelines certainly hasn’t hindered legal action; lawsuits have been brought against business and website owners, and the courts seem to be split on the nuances of regulation.
What Can I Do?
You don’t have to wait for a letter in the mail, you can check your compliance right now. There are a number of free resources available that will check your site for WCAG 2.0 compliance— We’ve picked out a few tools that are easy for clients to use, and neatly organize tasks on each page.
Siteimprove Accessibility Checker (google chrome extension)