One in six people identify as having a disability. Because of this, it is important to think about this when designing a website. There are also now legal requirements, especially for schools, hospitals and federally funded organizations.
ADA, WCAG and 508 Compliance
There are four major scenarios where organizations must become digitally (in addition to physical requirements) accessible for people with disabilities.
Your organization has more than 15 employees
The public (as opposed to just other businesses) interact with it
You are a federal department or agency
Your organization hopes to contract with or receive funding (such as schools) from a federal department or agency.
Other reasons to proactively get your website fully accessible:
It can result a better experience for all customers
Improves goodwill with disabled people
May be a topic for a positive press story
Help broaden your pool of potential employees and partners
Signals to Google that your organization is professional and good digital citizens, possibly resulting in higher rankings
Adding Terms and Conditions, Privacy Notice and Accessibility Statements most likely helps with Google rankings
Less stress for site owners to worry about potential litigation.
steps to compliance
Here is what we can do to help get you WCGA AA compliant:
Conduct an Accessibility Gap Analysis for your website
Fix as many violations as soon as possible
Craft an Accessibility Statement and add it onto your site
If necessary, recommend a firm to view your internal systems and PDFs for compliance.
If you would like Bookish Media to do step one, the Accessibility Gap Analysis for your website, please get in touch for a quote.
How we can help
If you would like Bookish Media to do an Accessibility Gap Analysis for your website, please get in touch for a quote.
If you would like a referral to local attorneys who can draft an accessibility statements, or a service who reviews internal systems and PDFs, reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If your developer is not able to update your site to be compliant reach out to email@example.com for a quote. We can help with WordPress sites too.