Understanding how to get ADA compliant and why it’s so important
Today more than ever, businesses of all shapes and sizes and across all industries are working to be as inclusive and accessible as possible. Most businesses probably think that as long as their physical office is accessible to anyone – especially those who are disabled – then they’ve done all they need to. However, as technology continues to revolutionize the business space, company websites are subject to inclusivity and accessibility standards as well.
Definitions – What’s Involved in ADA Compliance
In September of 2010, the Department of Justice (DOJ) published the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – Standards for Accessible Design. This section of the ADA requires that all publically available electronic information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities of all kinds, including the blind, the deaf, those with limited mobility and dexterity, and all others.
For businesses like yours, ADA compliance largely means that your public-facing company website must be designed in a way that ensures disabled patrons can easily access and navigate all the information and content published on your website.
ADA Compliance applies to the following US organizations:
There are three levels of ADA Compliance:
Depending on the nature and size of your business and the resources available to you, you should aim for the highest level of compliance possible to ensure that all patrons visiting your website are able to access and navigate the content you publish.
Now that you have the lay of the land, let’s get down to why implementing ADA compliance standards is so important. The fact of the matter is, ADA compliance is more than just ensuring accessibility and inclusivity. ADA compliance can actually be a HUGE benefit for your business reputation and bottom line.
Here are the top reasons why ADA compliance is good for the public AND for business:
We’ve covered the basics of ADA compliance. We’ve also covered the main reasons why it’s a great idea – not just for the public, but for your business. So how can you and your team go about prioritizing ADA compliance and implementing compliance standards in the design of your website and customer-facing content?
Here are some tips and tricks to help you implement an ADA compliant website:
Even with these tips and tricks in mind, implementing ADA compliance may still seem like a daunting task. That’s why, above all, we recommend partnering with a managed IT services professional who knows all the ins and outs of maintaining an ADA compliant website. With the right partner in your corner, you’ll rest assured knowing that all the customer-facing content on your website is accessible to anyone who visits.
If you’re ready to get on top of ADA compliance, don’t hesitate to reach out to the team of compliance experts at LI Tech Advisors. At LI Tech Advisors, we value accessibility and strive to help every client we work with prioritizing it as well. That’s why we’ve partnered with My Blind Spot. My Blind Spot is on a mission to make digital platform accessibility a reality for all. Using the My Blind Spot resources as our compass, we work to connect all our clients with strategies for maintaining digital accessibility, and in turn, ADA compliance.
If you’re ready to make your online content accessible for all and uphold ADA compliance standards, reach out to our team at (631) 212-8377 or Contact Us.
Anthony holds dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from NYU.
He has over 30 years of experience in hardware design and software programming. Anthony specializes in computer and cloud networking and has collaborated with clients and third parties on creating custom software designs and is a web presence and accessibility compliance expert.