With the use of technology projected to grow, businesses must verify that their websites maintain ADA compliance. So, how does this affect you?
What is ADA?
The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed about 30 years ago to safeguard the rights of people with disabilities, including employment, public services, public accommodations, and telecommunications.
Public establishments in the physical environment follow legal rules, such as designating accessible parking spaces and adding higher markings on elevator control buttons. Until today, these accessibility requirements were not strictly enforced online.
Ways To Make Your Site Compliant
New ADA compliance requirements for web accessibility took effect in January 2018. There are steps that may be taken to ensure that their websites are accessible to people with disabilities.
- Examine the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines for suggestions on how to make your website more accessible.
- The WAVE Tool in Google Chrome is an excellent way to check for accessibility issues such as missing alt tags, styles, and so on.
- Make sure your photographs contain alt tags that are descriptive.
- Examine the styles and elements of your website, such as headlines, buttons, and links. If your site’s navigation uses lighter, smaller letters on bright backgrounds, certain people may find it difficult to read.
- Keeping your website content concise and conversational will make it easier for users to browse it. Breaking up content into smaller chunks or pieces can also be done with headlines and sub-headlines.
- Have a developer look over the code and CSS to ensure that best practices are being followed and that any outdated code is being removed.
Remember that maintaining your site’s ADA compliance is a long-term project. It’s part of the regular upkeep of your website.