Website Accessibility and ADA Compliance Solutions
Learn more about our ADA compliance solution and frequently asked questions.
What is ADA and how does it affect my business?
The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act), passed in 1990, is a major civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. It was the result of a 2-year campaign by disability activists, inspired by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act which guarantees rights to people with disabilities in the government sector.
In 2017, it was established that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to the online world, with disability rights activists, legal scholars, and court rulings agreeing that websites, internet portals, and online stores must be accessible for people with disabilities. In 2018, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote a letter to Congress confirming that all goods, services, privileges, or activities provided by places of public accommodation must be equally accessible to people with disabilities.
Together, we can make the internet accessible, inclusive & equitable.
Being ADA Compliant means that you can provide an inclusive user experience to everyone, regardless of ability! This opens the the door to attracting new customers and complying with current legislation.
If you choose to be accessible, we have a simple, streamlined solution for you! Studio 22 Design has partnered with accessiBe to provide an ADA compliant solution for your business.
accessiBe is the leading AI-powered web accessibility solution that makes websites accessible to people with disabilities, and compliant with the WCAG, ADA, and other accessibility legislation.
Why use accessiBe?
- Easy, fast implementation
- Persons with various disabilities can adjust how they view and interact with your website without interfering with the codebase, layout or design
- accessiBe re-scans and re-analyzes your website every 24 hours to maintain ADA and WCAG compliance
- Receive personalized reports that you can use to prove compliance
- Studio 22 Design will install and configure accessiBe on your behalf
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What are the pricing plans for accessiBe?
There are two budget-friendly options to choose from…
Website ADA Compliance FAQs
Who needs to be ADA compliant?
All types and all sizes of businesses have to comply with ADA legislation, for their customers and employees, if there are over 15 workers. The ADA affects places of entertainment, restaurants, large enterprises, small to medium businesses, retail stores, government offices, employment agencies, and more.
How does the ADA affect websites?
As the internet and websites played a bigger role in how consumers interact with businesses, the way that the ADA applied to web accessibility changed. In 2017, a clear consensus emerged that the ADA also covers the online world. Disability rights activists, legal scholars, and court rulings have agreed that websites, internet portals, and online stores need to be accessible for people with disabilities. In September 2018, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote an official letter to members of Congress explaining it’s mandatory that “goods, services, privileges, or activities provided by places of public accommodation be equally accessible to people with disabilities.“
Today, U.S. courts apply ADA accessibility requirements to the internet, meaning websites should comply with ADA rules. Reinforcement was displayed by the Department of Justice in 2022 when it released a new guidance on implementing web accessibility standards and practices, clarifying that the ADA indeed covers web accessibility.
What’s up with ADA lawsuits?
ADA title III-related lawsuits have skyrocketed. There were at least 11,452 federal filings in 2021, which is a 320% increase over a short, eight-year period.
There are a few reasons why ADA web accessibility has become such a hot legal topic:
- eCommerce is booming: Total U.S. eCommerce sales reached an all- time high of approximately $960 billion in 2021, and online retail purchases now represent almost 15% of all retail spending.
- Increased web accessibility awareness: High-profile lawsuits mean that people with disabilities now know they have legal recourse when they can’t conduct activities online.
- The U.S. legal environment makes it easy: A person with a disability has nothing to lose by filing a lawsuit since ADA Title lll requires the defendant to automatically pay the plaintiff’s legal fees.
What are the ADA website compliance standards?
The DOJ has frequently referenced the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA as the goal for website accessibility, even though this isn’t codified into law. At the moment, WCAG 2.1 is the best measure of web accessibility when it comes to federal law, and it’s unlikely that a WCAG 2.1 Level AA compliant website would be sued for inaccessibility.