Yes, It’s Important.
Recent court cases brought by the Department of Justice have made it clear that website accessibility is an issue for everyone, from colleges and ecommerce sites to hospitality and banks. Although the official guidelines aren’t expected to arrive until 2018, claims against organizations are already in full swing.
Read more about what website ADA compliance is and what it means for you.
Your Business Is at Risk.
While those being sued for inaccessible websites are most often financial institutions and retailers, they’re not alone. Other industries facing legal proceedings include the hospitality industry, restaurants and entertainment companies. Schools and universities aren’t exempt either; the Office of Civil Rights has more than 350 open investigations into schools underway.
If you haven’t paid attention to the accessibility of your website, it’s time to do so before the lawyers do. Dealing with a lawsuit drains energy, time and finances from what you should be focused on–excellence in your business and customer service.
Here’s more information about how your business could be at risk.
What’s Involved in an ADA Website Accessibility Test?
Getting an assessment by an experienced team puts you on a solid footing so that you know what you are dealing with. You should receive a robust report that provides you with education on the issues at hand, the percentage of pass/fail in each major category according to guiding accessibility checklists and specific tactical items you can begin improving immediately if you so choose.
We use the Title II Checklist (Website Accessibility), published by the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, to review your website. The website accessibility checklist includes 11 yes/no questions to evaluate the level of accessibility. Fifteen additional questions determine whether your company’s website accessibility policy and procedures are in place and up to date. We also do a broad check to ensure the user experience for those with disabilities is not just compliant, but also a positive experience. Their trust and loyalty is just as valuable, if not more so, than that of your other customers.
Find out more about our ADA website accessibility test.
EVG Website ADA Compliance Consultants Can Help!
- Expertise – We’ve studied the dirty details so you don’t have to.
- Resources & ADA Checklists – We come prepared to evaluate your website based on the most recent standards.
- Objectivity – We’ll let you know exactly where you’re not compliant. It’s not always fun to hear what’s wrong, but it’s best for your company and for your customers.
- Analysis and Reporting – We’ll shoot straight with you and back up our findings and recommendations with data.
- Saving Your Time – Reading the standards, understanding the application and examining your site for each point takes time. Letting us do that for you (we already have the expertise and resources) will save your employees time and stress.
- Saving Your Budget – Time is money, so if we can save your time, we can save you money. Besides, ensuring compliance now is much more cost-effective than dealing with a lawsuit later. While costs vary depending on the complexity of your website, our standard ADA assessments start at $2,000.
If you’d like to explore outsourcing the assessment of your website’s accessibility, email me at [email protected].
We are website ADA compliance consultants, and we can help!
Note: We at EnVeritas Group are not attorneys. This information should not be considered legal advice. We encourage everyone to read the Americans with Disabilities Act, by visiting https://www.ada.gov and to review Section 508.