Just a few years ago, fewer than 900 lawsuits were brought against organizations and businesses alleging that their websites were not in compliance with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). That number will approach 3,000 this year and is expected to continue to rise.
In addition to an increasing number of lawsuits being settled, the first website ADA case that went to trial resulted in the judge ruling that grocery store chain Winn-Dixie had not made its website accessible to people with disabilities. The first-of-its-kind ruling and escalating number of suits has made digital ADA compliance a priority. (Note: For a full picture of ADA, its requirements and what your business or organization needs to do to be in full compliance, you should contact an attorney with expertise in disability issues.)
ALINE has worked with many clients over the years to ensure their website is ADA compliant. Congress was expected to act this year to clarify some elements of the law as it pertains to website accessibility. At ALINE, we expect the rules to continue to evolve because of legislative action and judicial interpretation for the foreseeable future. That said, here are a few things you should know about ADA compliance and your website:
If you have questions or would like us to conduct an ADA compliance audit of your site, contact us. In addition to an audit, our in-house programming team will identify the steps you need to take to make your site ADA compliant.