What is ADA Website Compliance?
The best first place to start is to define what ADA website compliance is.
ADA compliance refers to the Americans with Disabilities Act published by the Department of Justice in 1990. It requires that all public spaces remove barriers which may prevent an individual with a disability from accessing them.
This used to apply to public buildings and spaces. For example, you’re probably familiar with things like handicapped stalls and parking. This is due to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
As we become a society that relies more and more on technology, the ADA now covers software and technology – and this can include your website.
Website compliance ensures that website owners and businesses make their websites accessible to people with disabilities.
Disabilities can range on a wide spectrum and nearly 1 in 4 American adults has a disability of some form. These include temporary and permanent disabilities.
The W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) defined a series of guidelines to help website developers make accessible website. These are the web content accessibility guidelines, or WCAG.