ADA stands for the “American Disabilities Act” which was signed into law in 1990 by President George Bush. This law is the most critical law in America regarding the accessibility and civil right for those with disabilities. This law prohibits discrimination against anyone based their ability or disability. The ADA includes rights for website accessibility.
With new ADA regulations related to web planning on the books, it is crucial for business owners to take action to ensure their website is accessible to people with disabilities. When you make your website accessible, you can meet every person’s basic needs so they can navigate your website independently and efficiently.
Think about how much we use the internet every day. We use it to check our bank accounts, send emails, read the news, update social media, research various topics and more! Using the internet is a critical part of our personal and professional lives.
In every society, about 20% of the population is disabled or limited in how they can access and use the internet. This fact sparked the creation of the WCAG 2.0 standard (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines) by the World Wide Web Organization (W3).
These guidelines provide instructions and center marks to site builders and developers to help them create accessible websites for those who are blind and visually impaired/Have other visual impairments, are motor disabled, have cognitive disabilities, as well as for the elderly and those with epilepsy.
“Most companies do not want the added cost of making their sites ADA compliant, but after undergoing the process to make our site ADA compliant I have gotten a lot of compliments on how it works, and I feel good that we’re helping people that truly need it. Since websites are such a big part of everyone’s lives today it makes a lot of sense to make sure everyone can use the web,” said Bryan Thornberg, President CEO of Higher Images.
How Can I Make My Site Compliant? There are several ways to work on making your website ADA compliant, including:
Audit your site using the WAVE Web Accessibility Tool. This tool, offered by Google Chrome will check your website for accessibility issues such as styles and missing alt tags.
Use descriptive alt tags. Your alt tags will be read by players, screen readers, and voiceovers to describe items and elements on your website to users. The more descriptive they are, the better the experience for the user.
Use web writing best practices for your content. When adding content to your site or revising what you have in place, you want to ensure that the content is simple and easy to read. Conversational content will help users scan the content more efficiently. For example, utilize headings and subheadings to break up large sections of content to make it easier to read.
Perform an audit of your website’s code. A developer can review your code and CSS to check that best practices are in place and that any outdated code is cleaned up.
Higher Images has the ADA Compliant solution you need to create an accessible website. We can help you keep your website ADA and WCAG compliant, protecting your business from lawsuits, and making your website accessible to everyone.
The system we use is built from multiple artificial intelligence programs that work together to learn your website and identify all relevant accessibility elements that need to be addressed. With this system, we offer business owners an affordable and effortless way to get their website ADA compliant.
Contact Higher Images today to learn more about how we can get your website ADA compliant.