New ADA compliance requirements just went into affect earlier this year.
ADA compliant websites are now required for all businesses with over 15 employees that are open more than 20 weeks per year. It is also required if they are classified as a “public accommodation”.
The guidelines are not yet totally clear, but a business that is not compliant can now be sued.
Here are the guidelines that each website should have for those with disabilities:
Given this new information, we’ve put together an ADA compliance package for our current and future clients.
Below is a list of tasks we will perform to demonstrate compliance:
- Create alt tags for all images, videos and audio files. Alt tags allow users with disabilities to read or hear alternative descriptions of content they might not otherwise be able to view. Alt tags describe the object itself and, generally, the purpose it serves on the site.
- Create text transcripts for video and audio content. Text transcripts help hearing-impaired users understand content that would otherwise be inaccessible to them.
- Identify the site’s language in the header code. Making it clear what language the site should be read in helps users who utilize text readers. Text readers can identify those codes and function accordingly.
- Offer alternatives and suggestions when users encounter input errors. If a user with a disability is encountering input errors because of their need to navigate the website differently, your site should automatically offer recommendations as to how visitors can better navigate to the content they need.
- Create a consistent, organized layout. Menus, links and buttons should be organized in such a way that they are clearly delineated from one another, and are easily navigated throughout the entire site.
This can be attempted with a plugin, but the problem is that many plugins and themes are not set up yet for ADA compliance. It is much better to have someone hand-code all the changes and make sure they work with all the present plugins and themes on the site.
An initial audit will be conducted and then a final “proof of completion”. This is all done by hand ensuring accuracy.
Homepage only: $750 + (additional pages at $40 each if done at the same time as the initial work)
Doing this work would provide proof that the business owner attempted to become ADA compliant in court if anyone ever were to sue, as well as truly making the site much more accessible and improving UX (user experience), which helps in Google ranking.
Ready to get started?
We are available to walk you through the process and offer many different design options to meet almost any budget. Email or call us today! firstname.lastname@example.org 972-951-4788
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