Why ADA/WCAG Compliance Matters
Have you ever visited a website on a mobile phone over a slow network? Or struggled to understand how to navigate a website?
If so, you'll understand why building a system that works for everyone that uses it is important. ADA conformance is not just important for legal reasons, but also for your general audience. We firmly believe that building in ADA friendly features such as high contrast and text tags for images makes a better website for everyone.
That said, it's worth acknowledging that in 2016, 25.5 million American adults experienced vision loss. That number includes "individuals who reported that they have trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contact lenses, as well as to individuals who reported that they are blind or unable to see at all."
How We Work With You To Achieve Your Goals
All our sites launch with ADA in mind, but sometimes you need a more in-depth ADA strategy. Our ADA programs creat better experiences for all users, abled and differently abled. There are multiple levels of ADA conformance as outlined in the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and that different audiences have different needs and tolerances. We're happy to chat about different levels of conformance (A, AA, AAA) and our understanding of where they make sense.
Some of the tools and techniques we use to help ensure success include:
- automated tools such as SiteImprove
- manual spot checking
- checklists of best practices
- consistent UX and navigration
- proper HTML tagging
- regular review of ADA/WCAG best practices