Website Accessibility & ADA Compliance
Everyone benefits when you have an ADA compliant web accessible site.
Be a leader and show your customers that your brand stands for diversity, inclusion, and equality. It’s also worth mentioning that over 57 million Americans are disabled, and they have over 500B in spending power that you’ll tap into with a ADA compliant accessible website.
Avoid Legal Issues
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) section 508 Title III is important for website owners as it states places of public accommodation are prohibited from discriminating against individuals with disabilities. Initially, this meant providing accommodations such as accessible parking spaces, wheelchair ramps, etc. In response to the increasing usage of and reliance on the Internet, federal courts have started ruling that websites are also covered by Title III of the ADA compliance standards.
Most websites are not ADA compliant and are at risk for litigation. In 2019 alone there were over 12,000 lawsuits filed, nearly double the previous year. Fines are commonly in the 15 – 20k range.
These thousands of lawsuits aren’t just being brought against big brands with an active Ecommerce base. Boutique hotels, colleges across the country, shopping centers, apartment complexes, and even small art galleries have also been sued—and judges are ruling in favor of plaintiffs.
ADA Compliance is incredibly important legislation. Everybody deserves to have that full and equal access to the world around them.
Is My Business Required?
Businesses that fall under Title I, those that operate 20 or more weeks per year with at least 15 full-time employees, or Title III, and those that fall under the category of “public accommodation,” are covered by the ADA. Websites primarily targeted by discrimination lawsuits include those that accept job applications, Ecommerce, government, education, medical, banking, restaurant, or other public accommodation industry such as:
- Inns, hotels, and motels,
- Restaurants and bars
- Theaters and stadiums
- Bakery, grocery store, clothing stores, and any sales or rental establishment
- Laundromats, dry-cleaners, and banks
- Accountants and lawyers’ offices
- Museums, libraries, and zoos
Byte Technology is proud to be an Online ADA Agency Partner. As a partner, we’ve been trained through the Accessibility Academy, and access the Accessibility Compliance Audit Platform for streamlined remediation. We follow the WCAG 2.1 Level AA standards and are one of a few subject matter experts in Minnesota doing website ADA compliance remediation.
We are qualified to audit your website and help you implement changes to comply with the WCAG accessibility guidelines.