Does Your Firm Need an ADA-Compliant Website?

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If you wonder whether your firm’s website should be ADA compliant, the short answer is “yes.” While the big picture is more complicated, continuing to ignore the needs of disabled users presents unnecessary problems and legal risks that can be avoided by updating your website and providing reasonable accommodations.

What is ADA website compliance?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), which became law in 1990 and was amended substantially in 2009, contains a set of requirements which businesses must adhere to accommodate individuals who have disabilities. The overall purpose of this civil rights law is to ensure people have equal opportunities and are not discriminated against in public life, jobs, school, housing, transportation, and private locations that are open to the public.

As the internet becomes integral to the way services are delivered to the public, websites have become a site of contention when it comes to the ADA.

ADA website compliance means that your site is accessible to people with disabilities, including but not limited to those with visual or hearing impairment, cognitive impairment, learning disabilities, and those who must navigate websites using voice commands, by allowing for the use of tools such as screen readers and other assistive devices to consume content.