Welcome to our third and final (for now) part of our Web Accessibility 101 3-Part Series. Hopefully, by now you have a better understanding of what ADA Web Accessibility is, so now we’ll help you get started on the journey to ADA compliance. There are many different aspects to web accessibility and different types of disabilities you’ll need to keep in mind when trying to make your site compliant. Fortunately, there are also a lot of technologies out there, that when combined with your compliant site, can provide those patrons with disabilities the same experience as other users.
If you are building or redesigning a new site, it’s important to have ADA compliance in the back of your mind from the beginning of the process. Both the design, layout and development of your site can affect whether or not your site is fully accessible. Review the four steps below to get started.
Where Should You Begin?
Consider the different types of disabilities
- Hearing impaired
- Visually impaired
- Special conditions
Consider existing assistive technologies
- Screen readers
- Descriptive text
- Keyboard navigation
Select the level of compliance you wish to receive
- Level A - lower level of effort
- Level AA - most widely accepted; most likely to become the standard
- Level AAA - suggested for government or financial institutions
Review the WCAG 2.0 Standards and conduct an audit of your site
- There are many online tools out there to audit your site to see how compliant it is today
- Complete remediation efforts - can require design and development changes
Remember, there is no actual law currently that states the hard and fast regulations of web accessibility. As the legal and digital worlds change, we will try to keep you up to date on the latest trends and regulations.
Want to begin the journey to become ADA compliant? Sagepath has plenty of experience in auditing and remediating sites for ADA compliance. Contact us to learn more about our consulting services. For more information on the WCAG 2.0 Standards, visit the W3 website.