It’s all the buzz right now: How do I make a website ADA Compliant? You’ve probably heard about ADA website compliance in the news recently or may have even received a complaint letter yourself which sent you scrambling. You might even have heard that in Florida Realtors are getting hit left and right with Lawsuits telling them their websites are not ADA Compliant. Real estate and non-real estate websites both are getting snapped all over the United States so it’s natural you would want to know if your website is ADA compliant or not. We’ve been getting this question quite a bit lately – the answer is actually a bit complicated. The good news? The solution is quite easy!
What does ADA Compliant mean for Websites? The easy version!
ADA website compliance means your website must be accessible to those with disabilities, but what does that entail? Well, it not only includes how your website was built, it also means providing special assistive tools or controls on your site to assist people with disabilities. For example, your website should have a tool that will read your website to someone who is blind, one that will easily increase font sizes for the visually impaired, another that provides keyboard navigation for motor-impaired people and also provide special visual profiles for people with Epilepsy just to name just a few. There are several types of ADA Compliant Content Guidelines that you have to conform to that require you to provide all of the things I mentioned previously (and more) on your website with WCAG 2.1 being the most important (if you are WCAG 2.1 compliant then you are compliant with the rest). These are WCAG 2.1, ADA Title III, Section 508, EAA/EN301549, IS 5568, ACA & AODA. You can look up each if you want but in a nutshell these all mean your website must be as easily accessible to those with disabilities as it is to those without disabilities.