For businesses that still believe the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is only for physical places, here is the big breaking news: ADA compliance applies to the digital world too! The act is no longer an option but a must now and only organizations complying to the WCAG 2.0/2.1 guidelines can avoid potential law threats/penalties in hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Before getting started, let’s begin with what ADA compliance is and why it matters. Also, this post will help your business with expert advice so that you can avoid alarming lawsuits, penalties.
What Is ADA Compliance?
The Department of Justice (DOJ) declared the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for electronic and information technology, and it is strictly mentioned that websites must be accessible to people with disabilities.
The ADA act standard published in 2010 differs from Section 508 regulations and applies to all IT including: computer hardware, software and documentation.
Who will this act affect?
- Commercial and public entities that have “places of public accommodation” which includes the internet
- Private employers with more than 15 employees
- Public focused businesses
- All state and local government entities
- Schools, colleges, universities, banks, financial services, restaurants, etc.
According to a recently published New York Times article, approximately 432 website ADA accessibility class actions have been filed in the first eight months of this year. This number represents a nearly two-fold increase over the estimated 250 lawsuits filed in all of 2015 and 2016 combined.
Is your website ADA compliant? If not, this infographic will help you with 5 expert tips to evade the litigation and penalties in hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Fixing ADA compliance issues with an expert ADA partner is recommended as they won’t just stop with fixing the issues of your website, but rather go beyond that to make sure that it performs better.
So, Is your website ADA compliant? If not, make it now to avoid penalties or lawsuits.
If not, let’s get started with checking your website for ADA compliance.