Website Accessibility & ADA Compliance
Access to the internet is no longer a luxury, it’s a genuine need in our technology-driven world. From looking for new jobs to staying connected with family and friends, people need to be able to get on the web and navigate and read it with ease. This is why we build accessible websites that are ADA compliant in WordPress.
Having an accessible website means that anyone can access it, regardless of any physical limitations or disabilities they may have. It is very important for everyone to have equal access to the endless source of information on the web. By designing a website with all individuals in mind, we are creating a site that is inclusive and accessible to people who have many common disorders or disabilities.
- Visual Impairments
- Auditory Or Cognitive Disabilities
- Neurological Disorders
- Dyslexia & Other Learning Disabilities
- Epilepsy Or Photosensitive Seizures
- Physical Limitations
- Age-Related Limitations
Accessible Websites For All
Millions of people who browse the internet have special needs and they use assistive technology to navigate and interact on the web. You can improve their user experience by having a website that is designed with ADA compliance in mind. Some examples of assistive technology include:
- Text to Speech
- Reading Pens
- Voice Recognition Software
- Screen Readers
- Digital Recorders
- Visual Search Engines
- Alternative Keyboards
There are many ways to browse the web if you are an individual with a disability. Developing accessible websites helps these technologies function properly so that everyone can experience the wonders of the internet.
WCAG Standards & What That Means For You
The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) state that website content must be Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, and Robust (POUR). Having a thorough understanding of these guidelines helps us to develop ADA-compliant websites.
- Perceivable — This means the components of the user interface must be developed so that all users can comprehend what you are presenting. This means creating content that makes it easier for users with disabilities to hear and see it. An example of this would be adding text alternatives for any content that isn’t text.
- Operable — Developing ADA-compliant includes creating a user interface that disabled users can interact with using their assistive technologies, such as specialized keyboards.
- Understandable — Creating an intuitive design helps all users navigate your website more easily. Using text that is clear and readable along with an interface that is easy to navigate makes it possible for users with disabilities to browse your site.
- Robust — Website accessibility includes creating content that will remain accessible as technologies evolve. We can help you create a site that is compatible with current and future assistive technologies such as special browsers and readers.
Website Accessibility Lawsuits Are On The Rise
In the United States, there are laws that protect individuals with disabilities and their ability to access the web. It is recommended by the ADA to provide reasonable access for all websites to avoid any legal action. While federal agencies and their contractors must adhere to the WCAG standards, when it comes to private businesses, the rules are a little less clear.
The safest bet is to create an inclusive website that all users can interact with and use with ease. A good rule of thumb is to ask if your business is accessible to the public, and if so, it needs to be accessible to people with disabilities; both in-person and online.
WordPress Websites + SEO + Accessibility
We take website accessibility seriously at Site Smart Marketing and incorporate best practices into each website we build. We can help you create a site that is user-friendly for individuals with disabilities and special needs. Contact us today to learn more about how your website can be more inclusive.