ADA Compliance for WordPress Websites
ADA Compliance for websites is a MANDATORY feature for all commercial websites. Not being ADA compliant can cost any business, regardless of size or industry up to $75k for a single ADA violation, raising that fine to $150k for additional violations.
While not something that was a pressing issue in the past for small business owners, ADA Website Compliance lawsuits from unscrupulous lawyers are spiking.
ADA Website Compliance FAQs
ADA is the “Americans with Disability Act.” It was passed by the Supreme court last year. As per the ADA, every website should be compatible for blind, deaf or any other disability. Any website failing to be compatible can face a major lawsuit without any compliance warning.
Yes, if your website represents a business or a state or local government (or is funded by one), it must be ADA compliant.
Yes. Since 2010, there’s been an upward trend of ADA cases regarding digital content, regardless of website or business size, or industry.
ADA Compliance letters are sent to businesses with a website that does not comply with ADA or ensure equal access by following Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1.
When you receive a certified letter from an attorney on behalf of their client, this is a request for restitution. If you ignore the letter’s demands, it can lead to an expensive lawsuit settlement. We are not aware of any instance where an ADA Compliance lawsuit was successfully disputed in court.
Since there is generally a deadline stated on the demand letter, you want to find and work with an ADA accessibility expert (like us!) who can test your website against WCAG criteria and provide a site-wide resolution.
Ongoing maintenance of a website or app is a continuous process. It is not a “fix it and forget it” process. Some companies have been sued more than once because they did not ensure their website remained accessible.
Yes, when a website is ADA compliant, it’s served to a larger audience, boosting your search engine rankings. This is because most of the necessary components of making your website ADA compliant feed directly into SEO best practices.
Organizations and businesses can be fined up to $75,000 for a single ADA violation, raising that fine to $150,000 for additional violations.
Over 11,400 people filed an ADA Title III lawsuit in 2021.
Not likely, as there are more than 50 tasks and measures that must be taken on each page and/or element of your site to ensure ADA Compliance, including; text to speech features, image alt tags, zoom capabilities, accessibility policy and more.
No. ADA compliance isn’t a pass or fail test, it’s a spectrum; a website can be more compliant or less compliant based on how closely it meets the WCAG guidelines.
ADA Compliance for websites is not “website design”, it is a technical process that tests, audits, remediates & monitors digital assets of a website to ensure they comply with ADA standards.
Our Website ADA Compliance Service Includes
- ADA Compliance software installed and configured.
- 50+ tasks performed on each page and element of your website in accordance with WCAG 2.0 conditions.
- Full accessibility for visitors that are blind, deaf and those that navigate by voice or other screen readers.
NOTE: Ongoing maintenance may be needed to monitor compliance and software updates. This support is included in our Ongoing Maintenance & Support plans, or can be provided on an hourly, as-needed basis as updates are issued.
- Title I prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, including recruitment, hiring, pay, and other related aspects.
- Title II prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in state and local government services.
- Title III of the ADA prohibits discrimination that prevents equal access to public good and services of public accommodations.
When services and accommodations are through digital channels, like websites and apps, the ADA has been interpreted as applying to those. ADA compliance
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 requires federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities. The law extends to employees and members of the public.
As of January 2018, the web content and Information and Communication Technology (ICT) of federal agencies and contractors have to meet WCAG 2.0 Levels A and AA standards for digital accessibility compliance. Section 508 testing and remediation would be recommended for ensuring compliance. Section 508 compliance