ADA Website Compliance. Click to keep reading…

ADA Website Compliance. Click to keep reading…

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) were published in 2008, and updated in June, 2018. It’s estimated that 22 percent of adult Americans have at least one disability. The WCAG documents explain how to make web content more accessible to people with disabilities. ADA website compliance is somewhat murky, as the ADA was passed long before the prevalence of the internet evolved. However, according to calculations by the Chicago-based law firm Seyfarth Shaw, the first half of 2019 saw a 12% increase in ADA Title III lawsuits filed in federal court over the same time period in 2018 (5,592 vs. 4,965). The reason: Digital assets, primarily websites that are meant to serve the public, don’t always offer accessibility features for people with disabilities. Digital assets may also include your social media presence, internal web portals, email, and even video games!

The core of accessibility includes eight common design concerns. They include layout, content, scalable type, navigation, key commands and tabbing, alt image tags for all images, forms, and accessibility certification.

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