Positive Change for Impaired Websites™
The time has come to make the internet easier to use for more people than ever. A substantial amount of business and sales are conducted online on a daily basis. In fact, annually Americans spent in excess of $600 BILLION with online merchants last year. This number has increased throughout 2020, since the global pandemic of Coronavirus/COVID-19 swept the globe by storm. It’s projected that online sales will only continue to increase rapidly over the next decade and beyond. A portion of these sales is from people with disabilities, and that portion of sales could be significantly higher, once your website is more accessible.
Throughout Florida, individuals with disabilities are finding that they cannot access websites and other digital media and they require assistance to do so. This is where ADA compliancy laws come into the picture, you may find yourself wondering, what is ADA compliancy in relation to my website?
The federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a form of civil rights legislation that was passed originally in 1990. This act prohibits discrimination against those with disabilities, which ensures they have the same rights and opportunities as those without disabilities. This means that any and all businesses that serve the public must ensure their building accommodates individuals with various disabilities.
What is ADA Compliance?
The U.S. Department of Justice passed the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design, which mandated all electronic and information technology, like websites, to be accessible to those individuals with disabilities, like vision impairment and hearing loss. This is a necessary step in civil rights law to ensure disabled Americans are not discriminated against and there are equal opportunities for all. Basically, your website needs to be accessible to individuals with disabilities that affect their vison, hearing or physical capacities.