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