Is your website ADA compliant? If not it needs to be. Maintaining an ADA compliant website could go a long way in protecting your small business against fines and lawsuits. It will also help your potential customers that need special accommodations. Did you know that the Americans with Disabilities Act or ADA for short, requires businesses to make accommodations for people who have disabilities? In 2018 it was ruled that websites are public domain, and that means web based content NEEDS to be completely accessible to users who are deaf or blind according to the law.
In essence, these disabled users need to have the ability to navigate your website with screen readers, and other technology that are set up to assist them. If you fail to have an ADA compliant website, it could very well lead to financial liabilities, lawsuits, and even ruin the reputation that you have worked so hard to build. The good news is that we can help make your website ADA compliant. For example, we will ensure that your content is presented in a manner that is understandable in various formats utilizing ADA compliant tool bars.
ADA Compliant tool bars help in giving users the accessibility they need to access and read content on your website. The content of your website should be easy to understand and see. That means you need to make the content readable by providing input assistance features. For instance, your website navigation links should have alternative text (or title meta tags) making it so that when the ADA tool bar is enabled the user will be able to simply roll over any link and a tool tip will appear with text explaining what that link goes to, the same goes for images. That way potential customers with disabilities will be able to navigate your website and easily access the content without issue. An ADA compliant tool bar will allow your users to do things such as; highlight all available links, scale text on your website up or down to make for easier reading, it will provide color and contrast changes so that things are easier to see, it will change the fonts for those with dyslexia if needed and so much more!
It’s important that your content has the ability to be translated by multiple platforms and multiple devices. In essence, you need to make sure that your website’s content will actually work with assistive technologies. When your website meets these standards individuals with disabilities will be able to fully access your website. That could very well lead to an increase in business. The increase in visitors to your website will lead to more direct sales of your products and or services, or create more leads for your sales team.
In addition, following the guidelines also means that ADA compliance will not be an issue for your business. Now that you are aware of the fact that your website may need to be ADA compliant, updating your website will help you sleep at night. That way you know you won’t be sued or fined.
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