Making your website ADA compliant is an important step in creating an inclusive brand and protecting your business. The ADA strives to make all websites accessible to people with disabilities.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was developed in 1990 to ensure that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as anyone else. The ADA requires organizations to provide “reasonable accommodations” to individuals with disabilities. Today, ADA compliance also applies to website and mobile apps.
Being ADA compliant not only makes your website more accessible but it can also help boost your search engine rankings—if your site meets the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines—and increase your target audience. An ADA compliant website ensures that potential customers with disabilities can easily access and navigate your website.
While the ADA currently does not explicitly address online compliance, being ADA compliant is beneficial for both your customers and your business. Taking the steps needed to become ADA compliant can protect you from any future legal action. A website that is ADA compliant will have:
- Proper meta tags that describe each page
- Alternative image text
- Text transcripts for video or multimedia content
- Designed with high contrast and color in mind for the visually impaired
- Size, scaling, and legibility of fonts used
- Developed forms that are well-labeled and easily accessible for screen readers
If you are wondering if your website is ADA compliant, contact Starkmedia today. We’re happy to help you make any necessary changes needed to make sure your website is ADA compliant.