Thanks to the evolving technology, it is more possible than ever to alter your website to make it accessible to all. According to the ADA experts at AudioEye, “Digital accessibility means creating and maintaining a barrier-free digital experience so that individuals of all abilities can access—and interact with—online information.” In some cases, of course, this is more than just smart business: ADA compliance may be a legal requirement.
The ADA, or the Americans with Disabilities Act, was passed to ensure that all Americans have access to public places, regardless of their physical, emotional, or intellectual handicaps. Court rulings have determined that there are some requirements websites must have to ensure that people with disabilities have access to the internet.
This includes a few modifications, such as alternative text for images (enabling these images to be read by a text-to-speech program), contrast changes, accessible forms, and more.
In other words, websites have to be formatted in such a way to allow people with visual difficulties to be able to use them properly. Failure to do so does potentially leave a small business owner open to a lawsuit under a Title III violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
According to organizations like Web Accessibility Initiative, four specific traits make a website ADA compliant. They are:
Failing to adhere to these guidelines and set up a specific website that will adhere to these graphics can cut out an important slice of the market from viewing your company’s internet-based content. It could also expose you to a lawsuit. As such, you must do everything you can to ensure that your website is ADA compliant.