Most ADA website lawsuits are filed against businesses, which are considered “places of public accommodation” under the law which also includes government sites. Over the past few years, digital accessibility lawsuits are up more than 50%, resulting in at least 10 new suits being filed per day.
♦ Websites for, or funded by, state or local governments
♦ Websites for businesses
Principles of ADA Compliance
Perceivable - Users must be able to perceive the information being presented (it can't be invisible to all of their senses)
Operable - Users must be able to operate the interface (the interface cannot require interaction that a user cannot perform)
Understandable - Users must be able to comprehend the information as well as the operation of the user interface.
Robust - Users must be able to access the content as technologies advance (as technologies and user agents evolve, the content should remain accessible)
The ADA has a not-so-black-and-white relationship with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Although WCAG 2.0 AA standards are mandatory under other U.S. laws.
• Level A is the minimum level.
• Level AA includes all Level A and AA requirements. Many organizations strive to meet Level AA.
• Level AAA includes all Level A, AA, and AAA requirements.
SEO & ADA Compliance
ADA compliance falls under website SEO. This is because it completes certain elements related to SEO criteria, but not all.
• Color Optimization - ADA requirement but doesn't help SEO ranking.
• URL Slugs - Helps SEO ranking but not ADA requirement.
• Tab Order - once did not effect ranking (hidden content) but now does.
• Scanners aren't 100% accurate because they check for filled in blanks.
Images Tags - Labeling images correctly and typing out texting when necessary, ie. .pdfs, events flyers.
Text Headers - H1-4, P.
Page Titles - Title should include keyword.
Page Descriptions - Describing the subject matter of each individual page.
Tab Order - The tab order should follow a logical flow and be consistent throughout the website.
Make your website accessible to everyone!
It is important to make sure that your website is ADA compliant. This will ensure that people with disabilities have access to the same information and services as everyone else, and that your website is accessible to all users. Making sure your website is ADA compliant will also help you avoid potential legal action and costly damages. DLL Studios can make sure your site meets the following:
1. Ensuring that everyone can access and use the website, regardless of their abilities or disabilities.
2. Promoting inclusion and diversity.
3. Improving user experience and satisfaction.
4. Meeting legal requirements in certain jurisdictions.
5. Avoiding potential lawsuits and other legal or financial penalties.
ADA Website Compliance