The ultimate goal for your business is to be accessible to everyone regardless of any disability or impairment. Today business is online.
Since 2015 the number of website accessibility ADA lawsuits has skyrocketed in the USA. Canada and the UK are already preparing to enforce accessibility compliance. Lawsuits are occurring because we live in a digital world. Making websites and the content on them like images, PDF’s and videos accessible for everyone is a growing concern and need.
Sometimes a company receives a civil complaint from someone who was unable to use their website. Common cases that have gone to court are driven by blind people using screen readers to make purchases, fill out forms, understand product pages, or download coupons. More people are demanding that videos and podcasts be transcribed and closed captioned. Schools and universities are facing lawsuits from students unable to use online courses or access student sections for grades and lessons information.
Unfortunately, the Americans with Disabilities Act in the USA does not include websites and without specific guidance many companies are unaware of any legal reasons to build an accessible website. That is, until they are served with an ADA lawsuit from someone who is unable to conduct a task due to a barrier within the design of the website itself.
Hochman Consultants has a certified Accessibility Specialist available to conduct an accessibility check of your website and look for any potential lawsuit triggers. We can provide support for your developers for accessibility compliance and assist with bringing your web pages up to full compliance.
If your company has been served a letter of complaint of an ADA violation or you wish to have a website accessibility audit performed, please contact us today.