Do You Know the ADA Website Requirements?
While the internet has dramatically changed how people distribute information and transact business, companies need to be sure that they are taking the right steps to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by providing disabled individuals access to their websites. In 1998 Congress amended the Rehabilitation Act to require Federal agencies to ensure that their electronic and information technology is accessible to people with disabilities. More specifically, under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 794) Federal agencies must make certain that employees and members of the public with disabilities have access to information that is comparable to the access made available to others.
ADA Compliance Guidelines
In order to avoid creating online barriers and potential lawsuits, we recommend that businesses and other organizations carefully check their websites to ensure they are fully accessible for people with disabilities. ADA compliance is important and the ADA guidelines set forth specific standards for website accessibility and functionality, including:
- Screen Reading Technology. Testing your website to make certain that content can be read by screen reading technology for the visually impaired.
- Website Navigation. Making certain that your website can be navigated in a number of different ways. While the keyboard should allow a visitor to move through all content on your website, you should also provide a site map or search functionality. All navigation features should be correctly named, links should describe where the link is going, and headings should be used to properly organize your content.
- Intrusive Content. Do not include intrusive content on your website, such as rapid strobe effects or flashing lights that are known to cause seizures. Also, make certain that automatically-played audio or video can be stopped.
- Latest Markup Standards. Check your website to determine whether you are using the latest markup standards. You should replace “bold” tags with “strong” tags, remove underlined text that does not provide a link, and certify that there are no major validation errors.
Testing Your Website Accessibility
If you are uncertain as to whether your website is ADA compliant, PaperStreet can help. Check out the ADA compliance resources below and contact us to schedule a website consultation.
PaperStreet can conduct a Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 audit of your website to determine compliance with Level A and Level AA standards. After your WCAG testing, PaperStreet will provide you with a detailed report setting forth where your website is deficient according to the WCAG criteria. Each deficiency will be categorized based upon the level of priority and we will offer specific solutions to resolve the accessibility problems on your site. Where necessary, we will also edit your website to make sure it is fully compliant with these standards.
If you have question about your website’s accessibility, call us today so that we can help you make your website content fully accessible to everyone: 954-523-2181.