About Web Accessibility Compliance
If you think that the ADA Title III web accessibility law doesn’t apply to you, you don’t know the whole story.
Every company’s website has to be accessible. It’s the law.
Now that you’re aware of that fact, here’s the supporting evidence to help you put everything into context. The Federalist Society offers an extensive article on the subject of the ADA Title III and its applicability to websites. A summary of some of the main points is below.
What especially defines the applicability of ADA Title III to websites, is the September 25, 2018 letter from Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd in response to a letter written to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, asking if websites were included as part of the ADA Title III; meaning that they would need to be made accessible. Boyd replied that the Department of Justice did consider websites as places of public accommodation, and that they had to be accessible to all.
The DOJ saw areas of flexibility for attaining compliance; meaning that if a company’s website wasn’t necessarily deemed accessible by certain technical guidelines, it wouldn’t automatically mean that it was in violation of the ADA.
Another key point is that Title III does apply to online only businesses, according to a number of recent legal cases.
What this means for you
Your website needs to be accessible to people of all abilities. There are a variety of ways to accomplish this. TruAbilities offers a frictionless solution for achieving website accessibility compliance, in the spirit of the ADA, Title III. TruAbilities’ solution is lower cost and faster to full implementation than other solutions that require substantial investment and days, weeks or months to work at full capacity.
And if the above did not convince you, here is another law that applies to you and all companies’ websites.
In addition to the ADA law, another law, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, states that websites have to be accessible to users with disabilities. This covers all web content and content contained in applications across the Internet and on Intranets.
It’s not only big companies who get demand letters and lawsuits – it happens to small companies, too. It can happen to you.
Learn more about the ADA and website accessibility compliance from these resources:
Hunton Employment & Labor Perspectives: The Muddy Waters of ADA Website Compliance May Become Less Murky in 2019
The National Law Review: Website Accessibility – Americans with Disabilities Act Impact
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1: https://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG21/
HHS.gov Section 508: https://www.hhs.gov/web/section-508/index.html
Ryan Christiansen is President of TruAbilities. Prior to starting TruAbilities Mr. Christiansen held senior management positions in media and digital companies including Vice President Digital Media at Stephens Media (The Review-Journal) in Las Vegas, Nevada; Regional Director of Digital Sales & Marketing at Digital First Media (AdTaxi Networks/The Denver Post) in Denver, Colorado; and Local Sales Manager at The Denver Post. Mr. Christiansen was named Editor and Publisher’s TOP 25 UNDER 35. He has a BA in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Northern Colorado, with an emphasis in PR and Advertising. Ryan, his wife Lindsay and two daughters, Payton and Khloe, reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Vikas Khorana is the CEO at TruAbilities. Prior to TruAbilities, Mr. Khorana held a variety of senior engineering positions with Stephens Media in Las Vegas, Nevada. He has also worked at Cyberworld Inc. and Satyam Infoway. Mr. Khorana was named Editor and Publisher’s TOP 25 UNDER 35. He has a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Computer Science. Vikas was also recently been accepted into the Forbes Technology Council to share his knowledge and industry experience. Vikas, his wife Yashika and two young children reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.