What is ADA Compliance?


 

October 2, 2019 | By: Adrian

The Americans with Disabilities Act was instituted in 1990 in an effort to end discrimination based on differing abilities. Drawing heavily from the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which established protections against discrimination based on race, religion, sex or national origin, the ADA went a step further by requiring organizations to provide “reasonable accommodations” to employees with disabilities.

As organizations around the world scramble to bring their sites into compliance with the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), focus on other, preexisting accessibility regulations has also intensified. The United States’ Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is one of the most visible and one of the most complicated pieces of legislation in the sphere of accessibility. Let’s look at some of the ins and outs of what an ADA compliant website means today.

ADA compliance website

The ADA’s relationship with websites has been a complicated and often confusing story. The ADA does not explicitly address online compliance, even after undergoing several amendments in the far more web-oriented era of 2008. With no specific coverage under the law, it usually falls to the courts to determine how ADA standards apply to websites—or whether they do at all.

See how accessible your website is

We recommend following the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as best practice on your site, which is what we use as the foundation for our accessibility guidelines. To see how accessible your site is according to WCAG, request a website audit by contacting us. Your PDF report will be emailed to you within two business days, so you can start assessing the conformance of your site quickly.

If you haven’t taken any measures to protect you site consider getting our accessibility widget on your site like ours (green circle icon at the top right of this page). We can brand it to match your site’s look and feel. Request the widget by completing the Accessibility Widget Order Form.



 
 

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