What is ADA Compliance?
What does it mean to be ADA-compliant?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law regulating businesses and State and local governments for discrimination against persons with disabilities. It simply means that the same level of access and services should be provided for the ones with a disability. When failed to do so, any person with a disability who feels he/she has been discriminated against by a public or private entity on the basis of his/her disability can file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Justice or directly in Federal Court.
So, how does it apply to website development?
The ADA was passed in 1990. It was mainly for physical access for retail locations. It did not cover much of the evolving technology at the time. Today, most businesses are accessed more online than the physical location and this number is growing fast. People visit websites before visiting the actual location for all kinds of reasons and it is accessible virtually anywhere and any time over the internet.
This puts the businesses, who accommodate people without disabilities, at risk when they fail to also accommodate people with disabilities. If your business requires ADA compliance, the same applies for your website.
Your business might be behind the competition
In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported that about 19 percent of the population had a disability. When people with disabilities find websites difficult to use, the chances are they will go to the business that is ADA compliance. This decision will be made even before they visit your physical location because people are always seeking for the convenience. This is a total loss of business opportunities.
The Solution for Website ADA Compliance
Our ADA Compliance solution provides comprehensive coverage for an ADA compliance website development and monitoring. We work with our trusted partners to ensure the compliance solution we provide are up-to-date and help our clients to obtain a compliance certification to protect the business from predatory litigations.