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Being digitally accessible means your websites, applications, and other digital platforms are fully accessible to everyone, including users with disabilities. It’s our specialty, and it’s how we keep your digital properties compliant with legal obligations under disability laws.
An ADA compliant website does more than protect you from lawsuits – it also opens your business to new markets with massive buying power.
ADA Compliant Web Accessibility
Is your website ADA compliant? If not, you should worry.
If your website or app is not ADA compliant, you’re tempting fate. The risk of being sued is real, and the number of accessibility lawsuits is growing exponentially.
Want to learn more about getting your organization compliant with Digital Accessibility standards?
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A digital accessibility audit is the most thorough method for determining whether your website or application is compliant. Luckily for you, DBS Interactive offers digital accessibility audits that identify compliance issues, as well as remediation services to fix them.
Losing multiple lawsuits, according to recent court decisions. The ADA is written to heavily favor plaintiffs, and when you consider 97% of the world’s top 1 million websites currently fail a basic accessibility test, these plaintiffs typically have a solid case and quickly negotiate settlements favorable to them. But beyond the fiscal burden of fighting these lawsuits–which can add up quickly when you’re also on the hook for the plaintiff’s legal costs–there is also the negative publicity you will endure as a result of noncompliance.
Your newly accessible website will reach and engage a mostly untapped audience of users within the disability community–who comprise nearly 20% of the U.S. population and represent nearly $7 trillion in buying power–thanks to your improved user experience, which not only attracts these new users, but also makes your website easier to find by boosting your SEO and page ranks on search engines.
There’s no good answer to this, other than the Justice Department has taken a hands-off approach and left courts to enforce the ADA, making it clear that a lack of regulations does not excuse any website from liability.
No. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines are a comprehensive guide provided by the World Wide Web Consortium (“WC3”), an international community of web experts. The WCAG can help guide you towards compliance, but they do not measure your legal liability under ADA.
No one knows for sure, because there are no regulations. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are just that–guidelines. They have no legal authority. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act adopts WCAG 2.0 for government websites, and the Air Carrier Access Act dictates accessibility requirements for airlines, but there are no laws that specifically set a legal standard for website accessibility.
Because the only unknown cost to a lawsuit is how much money and time is spent on the lawsuit. In other words: The cost of remediation for any organization will be the same, no matter how compliant they already are–and we can assume these lawsuits are only filed because plaintiff attorneys are confident they have a case; meanwhile, the cost of settling with the plaintiff is only slightly within the organization’s control, since they begin negotiations at quite a disadvantage. With this in mind, most organizations choose to settle early so they can cap the only costs that are within their control.
The best method to preserve your website’s ADA compliance and prevent ongoing lawsuits is to hire an accessibility partner whose sole responsibility is monitoring and maintaining your digital accessibility. This might mean hiring a new employee dedicated to that role, but more often organizations go with a more affordable and agile solution by choosing to hire a 3rd party (like DBS Interactive ) who specializes in servicing their digital accessibility needs.
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DBS audits include quantitative analysis, combined with a qualitative review, to determine your compliance with digital accessibility regulations.
Once accessibility issues with your web or app content have been identified, our experts can guide your team through the necessary fixes.
We partner with clients to identify strategies that align your digital accessibility compliance goals with your organization’s business goals.