Is your website compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act aka ADA?

Americans with Disabilities Act aka ADA is a law passed in 1990 by Congress to protect employees in the workforce and now applies to Web Accessibility.

Web accessibility is a set of rules, behaviors, code standards and design guidelines, that are meant to allow people with disabilities to effectively use websites.

Why you should care?

You should care because it’s the right thing to do. Why would you exclude anyone?

You could be sued!

You should care that your website is ADA compliant due to lawsuits. There are lawyers, individuals and groups who search for websites that are not compliant with ADA for the sole purpose of suing the owners of the website.

What types of website’s does this affect?

All Browser and Mobile websites should be compliant!

Any site created for public accommodation such as Government sites, Real Estate sites, Hotel sites, Restaurant sites, Car Rental sites, any Business site and more. Basically all WebSites should be compliant in Hollister Web Design’s opinion.
Hollister Web Design are only developers and can not offer any legal advice, please consult with your attorney for all legal questions.

How to make sure your website compliant?

A Few Things to Consider – this is not an extensive list:

  1. Every image, photo, drawing must have Alt text.
  2. Consider your choices of Fonts and Colors. ex. Your text should NOT get lost in the overall color scheme of your brand colors.
  3. Contrast is important, colors and fonts must be easy to read. ex. Fancy text, cursive, could cause your site to be out of compliance.
  4. All image tags should adhere to the ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications ) syntax
  5. Be mindful of 3rd party sites your website links to, their website must also be compliant. Such as 3rd party applications like Booking / Scheduling websites.
  6. All of your forms must also be compliant.
  7. Your website should have an accessibility statement somewhere on your website.
    A dedicated page is Hollister Web Design’s recommendation, such as our Privacy Policy Page, consult with your lawyer to draft this statement if you have any legal questions.
  8. Test your site for compliance after every single change you make to your website.
  9. Audio and Video sources should have text alternatives, transcripts, closed captioning, live captions for streams or live presentations.
  10. Website headings
  11. The flow of your text must read properly, should be well structured.
  12. Your text should be readable if the viewer zooms their screen to at least 200%.

The list above is just a brief overview of the standards your website should meet, please consult the resources section below or you can

Contact Hollister Web Design

We look forward to talking with you

Checking if your website is compliant?

  1. Consult with your developer
  2. There are a number software packages to help you with testing if your site is in compliance, just search for ADA Compliance, Web Accessibility. Please be aware that some of these software packages and services can be quite expensive.
  3. Use the free Chrome Browser Developer Tools extension called Lighthouse.

Hollister Web Design – Lighthouse Reports

Web

Hollister Web Design - Lighthouse Report for Web
Hollister Web Design – Lighthouse Report for Web

Mobile

Hollister Web Design - Lighthouse Report for Mobile
Hollister Web Design – Lighthouse Report for Mobile

As you can see we have a little bit of work to do ourselves but overall our website is above average and we will make sure that your website is above average as well.

Resources?

W3C – Web Content Accessibility Standards (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA

University of Washington

Google Developers – Web Accessibility

WebAIM – Web Accessibility in Mind Group

Article written by Attorney Kris Rivenburgh on Medium.com