ADA COMPLIANCE... websites are now federally mandated to be accessible to the handicapped. Website accessibility lawsuit filings in federal court in 2019 are on track to exceed 2018. Blind and deaf people have the right to gather information on the web using sophisticated software. It is up to us to make sure they can.
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Website compliance is important to avoid a lawsuit or government action, but it’s also as important to provide an equal opportunity for people to enjoy your goods or services whether they have a disability or not.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, the ADA is the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed in 1990. It was originally for physical accommodations – retail locations with ramps, elevators, things that would allow people that are handicapped to get around the store and access different floors and levels.
The regulations have been a little behind the times because they failed to include web presence for organizations in the regulations.
In 2016, a few lawsuits went to trial and judges had mixed rulings. Since then the topic has gained a lot of attention and has led to some changes.
If you are a business that exists to benefit the public, a local or state government agency, or are a private employer with 15 or more employees, you should be compliant with the ADA regulations.
A good rule of thumb to follow is that if your physical location requires ADA compliance, chances are your web presence does as well. And, a better rule of thumb to follow, whether you’re legally required to or not, abiding by these regulations creates a fair online experience for all users – disabled or not.
For all other organizations, the law, as it stands, is a little bit unclear, so to be sure to avoid being dragged through an annoying lawsuit, it’s best for all commercial websites to meet these regulations.
By making your web presence ADA compliant, you’re meeting the WCAG 2.0 guidelines, and making the user experience for people with disabilities, more user-friendly.
Giving the user the same opportunities to interact with your website or app as someone who doesn’t have a disability.
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Number Of Federal Website Accessibility Lawsuits
RECORD HIGH OF 10,163 in 2018
The number of ADA Title III lawsuits filed in federal court in 2018 hit a record high of 10,163 – up 34% from 2017 when the number was a mere 7,663. This is by far the highest number of annual filings since we started tracking these numbers in 2013, when the number of federal filings was only 2,722. In other words, the number of cases has more than tripled. The chart below shows the explosion in these types of suits:
POST & STATISTICS COURTESY OF: Minh N. Vu, Kristina M. Launey & Susan Ryan on January 22 2019 Posted TITLE III ACCESS, WEBSITE
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