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When it comes to your website, we want an extensive array of potential clients to be able to view your website. That’s one of the reasons that we design sites with ADA in mind.
ADA, the American’s With Disabilities Act, is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities. This law extends to accessibility requirements for electronic and information technology to create a fair, online experience for all users.
What does this mean for websites?
For your website, we recommend working with a trusted web development company with the tools and knowledge to make sure that everyone can use your website. Ensuring keyboard navigation and screen reader accessibility is just a step in the right direction in becoming ADA Compliant.
While there are no specific rules on what a website has to have to make it ADA compliant, there are many requirements, recommendations, and guidelines available out there that we have familiarized ourselves with. This includes WCAG, Web Content Accessibility Guidelines’ levels of compliance, and Section 508.
In our websites, we make a notable effort to create sites with ADA accessibility in mind with and steadily increasing compliance.
When we begin to create a site, we review the code because how you mark up the code matters to both Search Engines and ADA restrictions. While no widget or plugin will work 100% perfectly 100% of the time, we use a variety of them to assist us, in building accessible websites, and then manually code adjustments.
The two leading plugins we use and recommend are UserWay and accessiBe. UserWay’s accessibility widget is a more affordable option and fixes accessibility issues without requiring changes to the code. Although it can help to increase compliance, it does not claim to be fully accessible.
The other option, accessiBe is a more expensive option; however, it is more robust, saves time by being fully automatic, and takes care of the majority of ADA concerns quickly. It is fully customizable and can be installed with just one line of code.
If you are looking to start making changes to your website to become more accessible, talk to an experienced web agency (we happen to know one, if needed). No plugin will be 100% compliant however, we understand the needs that ADA requires and can provide you with ADA training, consulting, and pointers to ensure you are following best-practice guidelines.