Does your Website follow the Americans with Disability Act requirement?
There has been a change in policies that affect your company that you need to be aware of. Up until this point regulation on websites have been minimal giving companies that flexibility to create and produce content on the internet with little to no backlash or problem. That all change with a wave of lawsuits coming at companies for not being user-friendly for people with disabilities.
Don’t let your company be vulnerable.
Avoid a costly lawsuit because your website isn’t up-to-date with today’s standards and regulations set by the new section in the American Disabilities Act which just started to include websites.
This has been the talk of the year as many companies have been getting hit hard with lawsuits. According to the New York Post and CBS news, big companies are being attacked by lawyers for not having a disability-friendly website. Your company needs to meet the necessary requirement established under the new section 508 in the American Debilities Action to avoid legal trouble.
What is ADA and what does it mean to be compliant?
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was implemented in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.
Starting January 18, 2018, all technology that falls under Section 508 standards will be required to meet new ADA accessibility standards. Websites fall under Section 508 standards.
Here are some basic requirements of what it means to have an ADA compliant Website
Information and user interface components must be presentable to users in ways they can perceive.
Text alternatives need to be placed in case someone has difficulty comprehending or distinguishing context within the website.
Content needs to be able to adapt and adjust to the users’ necessary mode, this includes visual and audio for videos, as well.
User interface components and navigation must be operable.
This allows users to uses to have a fully functional keyboard to accommodate the use and navigation of the site.
Content that is time sensitive needs to have time extension for those that need more time to read content.
A user needs to be able to see and distinguish content when navigating through the interface.
Information and the operation of users interface must be understandable.
What does that mean? Well, it means that websites need to be able to function and work in predictable ways for users.
Content must be robust enough that it can be interpreted reliably by a wide variety of user agents, including assistive technologies.
Basically, it should be able to work with third-party programs and technology for those that need extra help.