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Understanding the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) its Impact on Websites and avoiding litigation against your business.
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WHAT IS THE ADA?
The Americans With Disibilities Act (ADA)
is a federal law that was enacted in 1990 to protect the rights of people with disabilities. The ADA prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including employment, education, and access to goods and services. In recent years, the ADA has been extended to include websites, with the goal of ensuring that people with disabilities can access the same information and services online as their non-disabled counterparts.
are the international standards for website accessibility. The WCAG provide guidelines for creating web content that is accessible to people with disabilities. There are three levels of accessibility compliance: A, AA, and AAA. While AAA is the highest level of compliance, most organizations aim to meet the AA standards.
- Alt text for images: providing a text description of images, so that people with visual impairments can understand the content
- Keyboard accessibility: ensuring that all functions of the website can be accessed using a keyboard, as some people with disabilities cannot use a mouse or touch screen
- Color contrast: ensuring that text and images have a high enough contrast for people with visual impairments to be able to read them
- Captions for video and audio: providing closed captions or transcripts for videos and audio content, so that people with hearing impairments can access the content
Ensuring that a website is accessible to people with disabilities is not only important to comply with legal requirements, but also because it is the right thing to do. People with disabilities make up a significant portion of the population, and they have the same rights as everyone else to access goods and services online.
Moreover, businesses and organizations that make their websites accessible are not only complying with the law, but they are also increasing their potential customer base. People with disabilities represent a large, untapped market, and by making websites accessible, organizations can reach this market and build customer loyalty.
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