ADA Compliant Websites
What do words like ADA compliance, accessibility, AAA, and WCAG mean, anyways?
ADA compliance refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design. The Act states that websites must be accessible to people with disabilities.
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or WCAG, is a shared standard for web accessibility. The WCAG guidelines have three levels that an individual, business, or organization can strive to meet in order to be ADA compliant: A, AA and AAA. Level A compliance is the easiest to meet, while AAA is the hardest.
By following the criteria outlined by WCAG, you can make your website more accessible to those with disabilities.
By having an accessible website, you:
- Expand your reach
There are around 1.3 billion people with disabilities in the world — that’s 4 times the population of the United States. By taking steps to make your website more inclusive, you can expand your target audience to millions of people.
- Improve your site’s search engine optimization (SEO) and ranking
Many disabled users will rely on a screen reader to browser and interact with a website. When a site is optimized with coding best practices, meta tags, image alt tags, and video transcripts for screen readers, it helps search engines find your content.
- Make your website easier to use
The testing and optimization that makes a website accessible also makes websites easier to navigate and comprehend for everyone.
- Protect yourself from lawsuits and penalties
The laws and expectations surrounding ADA compliant websites are evolving. It’s suggested that if you have a physical store that must legally meet accessibility requirements, your website should as well.
How do I know if my website is accessible?
If you already have a website and want to know if it is accessible, a website audit on accessibility is a great place to start. The audit will review and outline solutions for several factors including:
- Accessible Content
- Language used
- Section length
- Image descriptions
- Content structure
- Form and link labels
- Accessible Design
- Color palette
- Color connotation
- Form design
- Accessible Code and Development Structure
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