Does my website have to be ADA compliant?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires brick-and-mortar businesses to be accessible to all patrons. It is currently unclear if online-based businesses need to comply with ADA. However, it is safer for your business to be ADA-compliant regardless if you "have" to. It will save you from a potential lawsuit
2 Takeaways from Web Accessibility Lawsuits
1) Use Testing Tools and Fix Common Problems
Some common problems while seeing if your website is compliant is
-No alt-text for images or graphics
-Empty links without text
Automatic testing tools can detect many of these problems, and they can easily be fixed.
2) Don't Try to Get Around Web Accessibility
Many businesses have tried going around the rules and claimed they were not required to comply. Yet the lawsuits would determine they were liable and the businesses would face many fees.
ADA lawsuits concerning web accessibility increased by 177% from 2017 to 2018, from 814 to 2258.
These numbers continue to increase into 2022.
Web accessibility laws can seem confusing at first. Though there is not (yet) a decisive federal ruling, a growing number of state cases indicate that ADA regulations apply to websites as well as physical spaces. To avoid unnecessary lawsuits and open your site to all visitors, make web accessibility a priority for your site!
Here at TLo Productions will help you make sure your website is up to these standards!