No Promise of ADA Compliance

not ADA compliantIt’s possible that you came to this post because you thought it was going to tell you that we would make your website ADA compliant. With all the current attention on the Accessibility of websites because of the Domino’s case not being heard by SCOTUS, and it being sent back to the lower courts, web-designers and others are suddenly advertising that they can make your website ADA compliant. Since we are not attorneys, and the ADA is a law, we are not in a position to advise you on any area of the law. So, we will not offer to make your website ADA compliant.

Some web design companies will get your attention by highlighting the increase in recent ADA referenced Web Accessibility lawsuits. They will bank on selling easy solutions that may not actually remediate your website errors. We don’t claim to be experts. We don’t know-it-all and we aren’t perfect,  (Just ask our siblings.) but we do specialize in Web Accessibility.red circle crossing out text expert

Some designers are entering this field because they discovered a tool called a plug-in or an overlay that gives the appearance of your website being Accessible to a disabled person using a screen reader, or keyboardonly navigation. A plugin  or overlay is a software add-on that is installed on your website, enhancing some of its capabilities to do certain things. This may give the appearance to fix the problem without really fixing the problem. Some of these tools can actually make the situation worse by interfering with assistive technology that the disabled person may be using.

The GOOD NEWS is that we have also met companies and individuals who have shown themselves to be committed to Web Accessibility with education and training. These folks are happy to answer your questions. We are in this group. We have been creating, testing and remediating website for over 5 years. We also work side by side and sometimes refer to other companies who specialize in Accessibility.

There are good Accessibility tools, however, not one will solve or repair the Accessibility issues on your website. Technical code is what creates your website. If your website code has a problem, that code is where Accessibility happens, or not. Adding a quick fix only covers the problem.

To learn more about Accessibility, we offer presentations, webinars and public events for businesses and web designers.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

We recommend that you first need to know the status of your website and have, at minimum, a basic understanding of what is wrong and what needs to be fixed. Below you will find a link to an automated scan tool so you can see the errors on your site for yourself.

We offer a FREE Web Accessibility Audit. We only ask for your email and URL.

ONCE YOU SEE WHAT NEEDS TO BE FIXED, THE NEXT STEP IS TO REMEDIATE YOUR SITE.

Before signing on with someone who promises you ADA compliance for your website, a disability rights attorney suggested you ask the following two questions:

1.) Exactly what is ADA compliance for a website?
2.) How are you qualified to advise me on this law?

Most business owners only ask about the price of a website. We recommend you ask more questions to get a better understanding before making a decision.

1.) What is Web Accessibility?
2.) What is wrong with my website now?
3.) What is Assistive Technology and how does it work or not work with my website? Can you show me?
4.) What is WCAG and what does it mean?
5.) How exactly are you going to implement or deliver what you are offering as a fix?
6.) Is there a way my website is tested and can you show me those results – before and after? Are these automated tests or real-people using assistive technology doing the tests?
7.) How long will this take? How long will it last?
8.) What documentation of your efforts will you be providing me?
9.) Will you give me a guarantee?
10.) What is the cost?

The answers to these questions can make the difference in whether you get the results you need and deserve.

Get your FREE Web Accessibility Audit

YEARS OF COMMITMENT AND DEDICATION TO INCLUSIVE DESIGN

owl representing educationWe have been educating on Web Accessibility for the past 5 years. Our specialty in Web Accessibility includes gaining education from the leaders in Web Accessibility field, testing and remediating websites, speaking with attorneys who are involved in legal cases pertaining to Accessibility, speaking to businesses about the VALUE of an Accessible website, presenting at small business events and at web designer education events.  We consult with other designers to make their clients websites better.  We educate and train do-it-yourselfers with hands-on workshops on Accessibility.

We are available for presentations, custom workshops and consulting on Web Accessibility. The more we work together, the more Accessible the web will be for all. Accessibility is necessary for some and a benefit to all.

Automated Scan Tools:

For your own understanding, there are a few automated tools that can scan your website and give you a visual of potential errors. Automated scan tools will tell you that they are not always 100% and sometimes return false positives. No automated tool can provide a guaranteed results, however, it is a good place for you to start.

We have no affiliation with the following company or their tool, however, we have found it to be one of the most useful and the results are easy to understand. WAVE is a web accessibility evaluation tool developed by WebAIM.org. Go to their page and put your URL in the “Web page address” field.

This automated too will NOT identify AL the errors in your site. It’s a good start, but not all that you need. We use a few different automated tools, as well as native user testing for a deep analysis of your website. Simply dusting the surface is not sufficient for compliance with Accessibility.

 
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