How to Make Your Website ADA Compliant
Creating accessible spaces for everyone is important to us. Accessibility isn’t restricted to physical spaces; it applies to digital spaces like websites, too. That’s why we’re committed to building ADA-compliant websites people with disabilities can use with ease. If you want to learn how to make your website ADA compliant, you’re in the right place.
Simply put, making your website ADA compliant is the right thing to do. It also protects your business or nonprofit from lawsuits. According to ADA Title III, every business website has to be accessible to people with disabilities, or they will be at risk of being sued.
Designing an ADA-compliant website may seem daunting at first. You’ve probably heard about web accessibility WordPress plugins and third-party solutions and even tried a few, but many of them lack the full protection businesses need. Beyond that, few of them integrate nicely with websites and often hinder the user experience.
Are you interested in providing website visitors a seamless experience that encourages them to make a purchase, submit a lead generation form or complete another task? Do you want to avoid expensive lawsuits and hefty fines? Check out these tips to help you make your website ADA compliant in minutes.
Using a Web Accessibility Tool is one of the Quickest Ways to Make Your Website ADA Compliant
Redesigning a website from scratch to make it ADA compliant is pricey and time-intensive (most web developers know this from experience). We’re so grateful for web accessibility solutions like accessiBe, an incredibly simple and intuitive AI-powered tool that makes any website 100% ADA compliant in a matter of minutes.
The tool integrates with any website and enables users to adjust their website session to support their individual needs. It allows websites to serve users with a range of disabilities, including blind, motor impaired, vision impaired, hearing impaired, epileptic, and users with cognitive disorders. All adjustments are compliant with ADA, WCAG 2.1 Level AA & Section 508 compliance so you can minimize your risk of getting sued.
The best part about accessiBe is that it works beautifully with any website. Instead of making your website look “wonky,” it seamlessly supports your existing design. It even adds alt text to images that are missing alt text! This was always a pain point for us when exploring different web accessibility tools, and we’re always pleased with the way our clients’ websites look after implementing accessiBe.
We also like how accessiBe builds a personalized accessibility statement for your site to affirm your compliance status. Give the tool a try and see how it works on your own website!
Make Sure to Complete an Accessibility Audit Before You Start
If you’re working on an existing website, we highly recommend performing an accessibility audit before starting your project. Performing an audit will help you identify areas where your website misses the mark when it comes to compliance, such as text size, headings, navigation menus, buttons, controls and much more.
We always use accessiBe’s AI and automation tool, aCe, to audit websites for accessibility issues. The free tool is easy to use and only takes a few minutes to determine your website’s compliance level. The web accessibility audit tool is so thorough, it even checks to make sure all of your graphics have alt text (you can probably tell that alt text is super important to us by now).
Pro Tip: Make sure to audit your site before and after implementing accessiBe or another web accessibility tool. With both audit reports, you can convey the impact your accessibility strategy delivered to your clients, boss or any other stakeholder.
Follow Web Design Best Practices
At the end of the day, following web design and development best practices can help you make your website ADA compliant. Here are just a few steps you can take to make your website more accessible:
- Choose colors that allow for higher color contrast
- Use descriptive alt text for all of your images and graphics
- Use descriptive calls to action in your buttons
- Make sure links are easily recognizable
- Organize your content with H1, H2 and H3 titles
Need Help Making Your Website ADA Compliant?
We’re proud to partner with accessiBe to ensure websites are fully accessible to people with disabilities.
Our web design team partners with accessiBe to provide:
- ADA, WCAG 2.1 Level AA& Section 508 compliance
- An accessibility statement and certification of performance
- Ongoing maintenance involving a re-scan of your website every 24 hours
If you’re interested in starting a free trial with accessiBe, visit their website here. You can also contact us to learn more about our web design and accessiBe installation services if you’re seeking hands-on support.
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