ADA Website Compliance
We'll help you make your website accessible to everyone by making it compliant with WCAG 2.1, ADA, Section 508 and EN 301549 guidelines
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) sets rules and regulations that all businesses must follow when doing business – including online. If you aren’t meeting these requirements, your business may be at risk for a significant lawsuit. More and more disabled internet users are filing lawsuits against businesses that aren’t complying with ADA regulations.
Website accessibility is a crucial for any business, no matter what industry or market your business is in. Most website owners need to start thinking about your website’s accessibility standards.
For most owners, it’s not a top priority. Ignoring guidelines (especially as of late) can lead to significant consequences for your business. Here are just some of the problems you’ll run into:
Yes, you can be sued. And yes, it can be expensive. Internet users are filing lawsuits against companies (by the thousands) who aren’t adhering to accessibility guidelines. Just a few years ago, websites were excluded from accessibility requirements. That means you could be a small company just starting out and get hit with a lawsuit that could shut your business down.
Consumers are savvy these days. They care about much more than the lowest price on a product or service. By putting website accessibility at the forefront of your initiatives, you’re showing your customers that you value everyone’s online experience when they connect with your business through your website. In turn, you’ll see greater customer loyalty.
If you’re not working on your website accessibility guideline compliance, you’re not growing. That will slow your growth. Making your site compatible allows you to reach an enormous amount of customers who previously could not use your website due to a disability that impacts their ability to go online.
When you don’t consider your website’s accessibility, you’re not creating an inclusive online environment. A lack of inclusion is the quickest way to damage your brand’s reputation, create a bad experience and negatively impact your business. While website accessibility may not be the first thing on your to-do list, it certainly shouldn’t be the last.
Accessibility Plugin. Joker Media uses a powerful plugin that will instantly strengthen any weak spots that might cause issues with accessibility.
Fix the Code. To go deeper, we use audit tools to discover elements lacking accessibility standards within the code of your website.
Accessibility Statement. Finally, we’ll add an Accessibility Statement to your website to inform users that you have taken steps to make your site accessibly to everyone.
Together, your website will conform to ADA and other compliance most sites are lacking. It’s that effort that will truly set your website apart form millions of sites that are inaccessible to the general population.
An example of the Accessibility plugin
The Floodgates Have Opened
Hundreds of Lawsuits. Thousands of Demand Letters.
Sued for failure to provide descriptive alt text on images for product images appearing on their e-commerce store
Sued for failure to provide an accessible website, mobile application and accessible online trading platform for customers who are blind
Sued for failure to provide accessible web content for their online tax preparation tool, website, and mobile application
Sued for failure to provide closed captioning on streaming web videos, archived video content and pre-recorded course material
Sued for failure to provide accessibility of apps for mobile devices based on WCAG 2.1 Level AA for its iPhone and iPad apps
Sued for failure to provide accessibility of its online grocery delivery website
Sued for failure to provide accessible web experiences for their Carnival Cruises, Princess and HollandAmerica websites
Sued for failure to provide its online and mobile application content and print material in accessible formats for persons with visual impairments
And don’t just think it’s major companies…
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