The Law of ADA and Website Compliance
It is mandatory for government websites to comply with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). Section 508 requires that Federal agencies' electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities.
In 1998, Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies make their electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities. Inaccessible technology interferes with an individual's ability to obtain and use information quickly and easily.
Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The law applies to all Federal agencies when they develop, procure, maintain or use electronic and information technology.
Under Section 508 (29 U.S.C. 794), agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others. It is recommended that you review the laws and regulations to further your understanding about Section 508 and how you can support implementation. Contact us today for a free consultation.
ADA Web Compliance Resources
You can determine ADA guidelines with a few interactive tools and checklists:
- Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0
- ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments Checklist
- WebAim Checklist
- Quick Checklist by WuhCag
Key Points to Review for ADA Website Compliance
Be sure your website is not a lawsuit in waiting by reviewing our checklist to see how your website fares in accessibility testing. The features below are required for ADA compliance:
- Images have alternate text that can be read by screen reader software.
- Redundant links on the same page are removed or minimized.
- The language of each page is identified in code.
- Video content includes captions.
- Links are provided to media players required to view content.
- Contrast ratio between the text and page backgrounds are at least 4.5-to-1.
- Text can be resized to 200% and the page can be zoomed in while still maintaining form.
- Forms have labels and legends that can be read by screen reader software.
- The keyboard can be used to navigate the site.
- Page titles clearly and succinctly describe page content.
- Headings are presented in proper order.
- Buttons and links are clearly and logically named.
- Menus are presented consistently regardless of the user’s location in the site.
- No strobe effects or rapidly flashing colors occur on the site.
- Automatically-played video and/or audio can be stopped.
- "b" and "i" tags are replaced by the less visually-oriented "strong" and "em."
- Underlined text that does not provide a link is removed.
- There are no empty links or heading tags.
- There are no major validation errors.
- "Skip navigation" functionality is provided so keyboard users can quickly access content.
For a comprehensive list of ADA requirements, please review our checklist.
We are available to consult with you to implement any required changes to your website to ensure compliance with the ADA. Contact us today.
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