Is your website ADA compliant?

ADA Compliance for Websites

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Is your website compliant, and how can you tell?

It should go without saying that every company should have a goal to make its website as accessible as possible. Modern websites need to work on different devices and different web browsers, from desktop and laptop computers to tablets and smartphones.

For the millions of people are living with disabilities that affect web browsing, websites should also accommodate assistive technologies for those with visual, hearing, cognitive mental and ambulatory limitations.

The issue of compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) for websites is not fully resolved in the courts. ADA Compliance regulation comes under the administration of the US Department of Labor. When it comes to enforcement, the Department of Labor relies upon the US Department of Justice. Neither department audits websites, but there have been some significant lawsuits that have resulted in expensive settlements.

Therefore, every business could benefit from a careful reading of the current guides to best practices for website accessibility. You won’t find it surprising to learn that there is no easy, simple answer to “How” to get your website in compliance.

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ADA web links you may find useful

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) | Google Search
https://www.google.com/#q=Web+Content+Accessibility+Guidelines+(WCAG)

What are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines? | WUHCAG
https://www.wuhcag.com/web-content-accessibility-guidelines/

ADA Resources ADA Anniversary Tool Kit
http://adaanniversary.org/resources

ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments | Google Search
https://www.google.com/#q=ADA+Best+Practices+Tool+Kit+for+State+and+Local+Governments

ADA Resources | Business and ADA Resources
http://adaanniversary.org/resources#ntbus

The focus of the ADA turns to websites in the digital age: Is your site compliant? | Technology Law Source
http://www.technologylawsource.com/2015/06/articles/information-technology/the-focus-of-the-ada-turns-to-websites-in-the-digital-age-is-your-website-compliant/

Settlement Agreement Between the United States of America and edX Inc.
https://www.ada.gov/edx_sa.htm

ADA Tool Kit: Website Accessibility Under Title II of the ADA
https://www.ada.gov/pcatoolkit/chap5toolkit.htm

Motion to Intervene filed by the United States re: Disability Rights Florida, Inc. v. Florida Department of Corrections
https://www.ada.gov/florida_doc/florida_doc_moi.html

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/

Target Corporation – A Cautionary Tale of Inaccessibility | Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) | W3C
https://www.w3.org/WAI/bcase/target-case-study

Settlement costs EDX lawsuit ADA | The Tech
http://tech.mit.edu/V135/N14/captions.html

Settlement requires edX to supply features for those with disabilities | The Tech
http://tech.mit.edu/V135/N14/captions.html

Screen Readers ADA | Google Search
https://www.google.com/#q=screen+readers+ADA

WebAIM Search
http://webaim.org/search/?q=filter%20browser%20extension

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ADA Policy and Procedure Template

This template is intended as a guide. It is not intended to be adopted, as is, for a company ADA Website Compliance Policy and/or Procedure. This guideline should be used only in consultation with a qualified attorney after a comprehensive review of the user’s website and an assessment of its ADA Compliance.

Template ADA Website Compliance Policy and Procedure (MS Word Doc)

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