Do you have a website for your business?
Is it accessible for every visitor?
ADA Compliance is something I’ve been working on recently, as friends and clients have been targeted.
Attorneys are sending demand letters to website owners claiming that their client can’t access parts of a website.
The demands are real and legal, and it’s not a scam.
This stemmed from a case where a blind person couldn’t order a pizza from Dominos and they got sued, opening the door for more of these lawsuits. Think of a brick and mortar business that doesn’t have a wheelchair ramp, or the bathroom of a business is too small for a wheelchair to fit. The same thing is happening with websites, and owners must comply (everyone’s favorite word to mute right now) or pay fines.
The attorneys (of course) are affiliated with, or own companies that can make your website ADA compliant. They run a quick scan of your website and send bullet points of items that must be corrected within 30 days or whatever time they give.
Aside from the lawsuits, the most important part is opening your website up to more visitors. Over half of Americans with disabilities browse the internet, so if more websites are ADA compliant, more Americans with disabilities can have a smooth experience online.
ADA Compliance is also something I’m adding to all future website builds as a precaution. I can’t ethically charge someone for a website, and then a few months later they get a demand letter saying their nice new website needs work or they need to pay a fee to settle a lawsuit.
The future online is ADA compliant, get on board now!