There are over one billion people in the world that live with disabilities, which limit they ability to properly interact with websites. Even if it wasn’t required by U.S. law, all businesses and institutions that use websites to communicate their work should guarantee equal opportunities for all website visitors.
Codebusters will work with you to not only make your website to be in compliance with the Make Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), help you to make your website to be easily used without any issues, but we will help you prevent costly ADA compliance lawsuits
We have experience with working on small and large projects, websites for small businesses and big e-commerce sites, to help with ADA compliance and innovative ways to make websites accessible for all.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1)
Over 15% of the population of the world live with some kind of disability and life is affected by their disability when browsing the web or shopping online. To address the need for web accessibility for everyone World Wide Web Consortium created the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines to serve as a technical standard to explain ADA accessibility and serve as a guide for developers to make websites ADA compliant. These guidelines have been adopted by governments around the world and are part of legislation such as the Americans With Disabilities Act, Section 508 and EN301549.
What including in Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1)
WCAG 2.1 was introduced in 2017 to address changes and technological changes. WCAG 2.1 aims to make online content more accessible to a range of persons with disabilities, including:
- Low vision
- Hearing loss
- Learning disabilities
- Cognitive limitations
- Limited movement
- Speech disabilities
Does My Website Need To Be ADA Compliant?
Definitely YES! It is not an option or a suggestion, it is a necessity. Besides the United States, it is necessary and standard in many country like Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and all countries of the European Union.
But, Why Does It Really Need To Be ADA compliant?
The U.S. law protects people with disabilities against discrimination across establishments and platforms and websites are no exception. The data shows that over 11,000 ADA Title III lawsuits were filed against companies and establishments in 2021, 4% increase from 2020 and 320% increase since 2013.
Simply put, if your website is not ADA compliant, you have a lawsuit coming your way.
Making your website ADA compliant will save your thousands if not tens of thousands of dollars in hiring defense attorneys litigating ADA web complaint cases, or costly settlements that are often reached.
ADA Tax Credit
Small businesses that work on their ADA compliance and meet the ADA tax credit qualifications can receive up to $5,000 IRS ADA tax credit or deduction. This can be a huge boost for your business to pay for the needed improvements and to make sure that your website is ADA compliant.
More Customers = Better Retention Rate
The more individuals who can access your website, the higher your chances of improving your retention rate. More importantly, ADA website compliance gives you the opportunity to turn more page visitors into paying customers and, eventually, loyal brand advocates.
Majority SEO elements that are crucial for a well functioning website are also crucial part of it being ADA compliant. They overlap. A key item in ADA compliant websites is being accessible to screen readers; an assistive technology that crawls web pages to render text and image content as speech or braille output. This allows people who are blind, visually impaired or have learning disabilities to access the information on your website. ADA web compliance enables search engines and screen readers to crawl your online content and deliver information to people with disabilities without a glitch.
ADA compliance is an important way to stay ahead of your competitors in many ways. That amount of customers with some disabilities represent about 61 million people, according to the CDC. This means that if your website is ADA compliant you can reach these 61 million potential customers before you competition does.
How Can Codebusters Help?
We have been helping clients with ADA compliance since 2019. We’ve performed many ADA audits and transformed dozens of websites to be fully ADA compliant. And lastly but very importantly we protected our clients from big lawsuits.
- We conduct an ADA compliance audit of your website.
- We prepare a list of changes which have to be done for successful ADA compliance.
- With your approval we will implemented these changes on your website.
- We run Quality Control and perform numerous ADA compliance tests.
- When everything is working and ready to go, we deploy ADA changes to your website and make them live.
We hired Codebusters. to bring our website to ADA compliance. Codebusters. started with an audit and then created a plan with the changes they planned to make, which were laid out in a PDF. The process was more involved than we expected. Overall, we are very pleased to have an ADA compliant website now.
Chelsea Bryant, Marketing Specialist at Forever Cheese Inc.