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It needs to be: Accessible to EVERYONE, including persons with disabilities.
Anything less can be a costly mistake.
Our passion is to educate businesses on the value of Accessibility and to teach web designers how to create and natively remediate sites for their clients. We also manually test and remediate sites for Accessibility. We do not use short-cuts, or overlays, or rely on automated tools to do our work for us or fake the results.
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Justice Department Issues Web Accessibility Guidance Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
March 18, 2022 The Department of Justice published guidance today on web accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). It explains how state and local governments (entities covered by ADA Title II) and businesses open to the public (entities covered by ADA Title III) can make sure their websites are accessible to people with disabilities in line with the ADA’s requirements.
Excerpt from the DOJ Guidance:
Businesses that are open to the public (Title III)
Title III prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by businesses open to the public (also referred to as “public accommodations” under the ADA).
The ADA requires that businesses open to the public provide full and equal enjoyment of their goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations to people with disabilities. Businesses open to the public must take steps to provide appropriate communication aids and services (often called “auxiliary aids and services”) where necessary to make sure they effectively communicate with individuals with disabilities.
A website with inaccessible features can limit the ability of people with disabilities to access a public accommodation’s goods, services, and privileges available through that website.
For these reasons, the Department has consistently taken the position that the ADA’s requirements apply to all the goods, services, privileges, or activities offered by public accommodations, including those offered on the web.
The full guidance is available here. (Opens in new window)
DON'T BE SCAMMED
There are many new vendors offering “one line of code” and overlay solutions but these fail to deliver true accessibility to all. These overlay companies promise 100% compliance in their marketing but relieve themselves of any liability in their They make big promises on something that can’t be delivered and then protect themselves from any accountability.
Any company that promises accessibility “without having to make any code or technical changes to your website”, “only one line of code” or “No web development”, “ or “no back-end systems integration of your site is necessary” or similar, is providing a product that doesn’t fix the most important problems and actually makes the websites more problematic to disabled users, by interfering with users existing assistive technology such as a screen reader.
Articles from both plaintiff and defense attorneys, as well as testimonials from users substantiate this:
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OVERLAYS DON’T WORK. Accessibility experts, disability rights advocates, and end users with disabilities across the world have signed the
Overlay Fact Sheet.
Halfway down the page, after the explanation of the problems, you read a few testimonials from actual users.
Recent article in New York Times from a blind user: For Blind Internet Users, the Fix Can Be Worse Than the Flaws (Link opens in new window)
Lawyers comments regarding using an overlay:
Lainey Feingold, Disability Rights Lawyer = Honor the ADA: Avoid Web Accessibility Quick-Fix Overlays
Hunt Huey, ADA Defense = Is there a silver bullet for ADA website accessibility? Sorry, but the answer is no.
Using one of these “quick fixes” can be costly. The ADA lawsuit settlement involving an accessibility overlay. Link opens in new window.
The National Federation for the Blind banned an emerging overlay company from its national convention stating [popular overlay company] currently engages in behavior that is harmful to the advancement of blind people in society.”
Presentations by Sumner Davenport to business groups discuss the benefits, importance and overall value of having an accessible website.
Workshops and hands-on educational events for web designers focus on the ease and value of inclusive design and accessibility. Ongoing educational events provide the steps to remediation of a WordPress website.
Sumner Davenport and members of her team actively volunteer with conferences and events to emphasize inclusion and Accessibility.
Currently and 2022
Presenter – Knowbility Access U 2022
WordCamp SCV Organizer
Mentor – Knowbility Accessibility Internet Rally (AIR)
Mentor – USA and UK teams for Accessibility Next Generation
Founder, Sponsor & Speaker Wrangler: Accessible Web + WordPress
Founder, Sponsor & Speaker Wrangler: SFV Meetup WordPress & Accessibility (external site)
Presenter – Knowbility Access U 2021
A Future Date Conference 2020 & 2021 – Planning and Speaker Committee (external site)
Volunteer, Speaker Wrangler WordCamp Clarita 2020
January 2020, Web Accessibility Planning for 2020
WordPress Accessibility Day
Member of International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group.
Additional speaking events:
Web Accessibility is more than ADA Compliance
Be Cautious of Promises for ADA Compliance
Don’t Fake it, Do it Right.
Remediation of a WordPress Site for Web Accessibility
Why Web Accessibility is Profitable for Business
Step by Step Remediation of a Website for Accessibility
The High Value of an Accessible Website, Small Business Owners Roundtable
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