Does Your Website Have to Be ADA Compliant?

The Americans with Disabilities Act is an important law that ensures that individuals with disabilities will maintain the same access to information and services with reasonable accommodations to address various limitations that an individual may have. As technology has become more integral in daily lives—and more businesses are operating exclusively within an online marketplace—the ADA has become extended to the virtual landscape, meaning that accessible websites are important for not only following the law but ensuring that your potential customers can find what they need from you. But what exactly does the law say, and should you worry about ADA compliance if you aren’t required to have an accessible website?

Which websites are required by law to be ADA-compliant?

In general, any business that must follow ADA regulations in their physical location must also have an ADA-complaint website. This includes businesses with more than 15 employees, businesses that exist for the benefit of the public, and government institutions. That means that website content must be perceivable, operable, understandable, and robust. In other words, you need to be sure that site visitors can still glean all the information from your site using tools like screen readers and other accessibility resources.

Why should you still invest in accessible features if you aren’t required to by law?

Even if you fall outside the requirements for ADA compliance, it is still beneficial to ensure that anyone can use your website and navigate the site content successfully. In doing so, you can actually boost your own business and your reputation, as you will be showing that you value business from all clients and you understand that your customers may have unique needs and browsing preferences.

To learn more about what it means to follow ADA rules for your website, contact Anchor Wave Internet Solutions today. You can reach our web design team at (520) 622-3731 or visit our website to see some work from our web design portfolio.

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