Did you know that only 2% of websites are fully accessible for people living with a disability? One of the most popular cases of failing to accommodate visually impaired users was back in 2019 when Beyoncé’s website was sued over the lack of website accessibility. Other popular cases included Target and Domino’s Pizza.
According to a CDC report, 61 million adults in the Unites States live with a disability. That’s 1 in 4 Americans. It’s clear that website accessibility should be a priority. Now the question you should be asking is whether your website is on par with ADA compliance or not.
What Is ADA Compliance?
The Department of Justice published the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design in September of 2010. These regulations state that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.
The ADA applies to organizations and businesses that fit one or more of the following criteria: All local, county, state, and federal government agencies. Any business that relies on the general public or for their benefit. It also includes privately run companies that currently have 15 or more employees.
How Do I Check My ADA Compliance?
You can check your website for ADA compliance with a manual audit. A manual audit involves evaluating every page of your site for accessibility, using the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). WCAG encompasses a massive checklist, but it’s the basis for ADA compliance. Here are a few common areas you should check first:
- Your tags and alt text for images should be descriptive.
- Your videos need captions and transcriptions.
- Your forms need to be set up for autocomplete and voice navigation.
- The page structure should be organized when you build your website.
- Your videos should be opt-in and not play automatically.
If you don’t want to conduct a manual audit on your own, you can get automated help from AudioEye. AudioEye combines powerful machine learning technology with the know-how of certified digital accessibility experts. They scan millions of web pages and resolve billions of errors each day. Just install a risk-free line of code, and their technology will begin monitoring your website for errors and suggestions on how to solve them.
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