Does my website have to be ADA Compliant?
The law that governs accessibility is The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title III of the ADA has been interpreted by US courts to apply to websites since January 2018. For websites to be ADA compliant, they need to be accessible.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are organized around four principles:
Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust
Perceivable means that the information and content is presented and available to everyone, including with persons with disabilities.
Operable means that the website interface does not require interaction that persons with disabilities cannot perform.
Understandable means that both the information and operation of the user interface must be readily understandable to everyone (make everything simple, provide clear instructions).
Robust means that your website is accessible through a wide variety of user agents and technologies such as various screen readers and browsers.
Failing to comply with the ADA means your business is susceptible to lawsuits, and it’s common for attorneys to seek out non-compliant businesses both in the physical and digital space.
The most likely industries impacted are the following:
- Property Management
- Real Estate
- Government sites
Not sure if you are or need to be compliant? Give us a call at (561) 501-0026 to find out if your site is ADA compliant or you need to have it converted.