ADA Accessible Websites
TechniArt can help you develop an e-commerce platform to conform with WCAG AA 2.1 criteria (widely believed to comply with sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation and ADA Acts). The user experience we can create will enable more of your customers to access and purchase through your custom storefront.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law enacted in 1990.
Over the years, the guidelines have changed, but the core principle of the Act is to provide reasonable accommodations to anyone with a physical or mental disability. The passage of the ADA builds on other laws, such as the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. While the ADA does not specify websites, numerous legal cases have been interpreted by courts to apply accessibility standards to websites. In simple terms, ADA-Accessibility websites are a must, with all content and functions accessible by those with disabilities. Failure to provide ADA-Accessibility websites can result in significant financial penalties and legal claims against the site’s owners and operators. These penalties can hurt your bottom line, and the costs associated with defending your company against a lawsuit can run into the thousands or even millions of dollars.
For years, website developers have known that website accessibility is crucial, both from a regulatory perspective as well as one that opens up new revenue potential for companies. Unfortunately, the process of building in Accessibility was labor-intensive, costly, and ultimately ineffective. Specialist developers were needed to create accessible features on websites, sometimes costing thousands of dollars and often incurring expensive monthly service fees. TechniArt uses EqualWeb on our website and on select e-commerce platforms to ensure site visitors have the best experience possible.