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How to make a website ADA compliant

On Behalf of | Oct 26, 2020 | ADA |

Companies in California and throughout the country that have websites must generally ensure that those sites are in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act. Doing so helps to ensure that all visitors to a company’s website have an enjoyable experience, and it can also reduce the risk of a federal lawsuit.

Tips for complying with ADA regulations

If there are videos on your site, make sure they are closed captioned so that individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing can follow along. The use of alternate text can make it easier for individuals to obtain important information from images that they may not be able to see clearly.

Ideally, it will be possible to navigate a website without having to use a mouse. In addition, text is generally easier to read when it contrasts with the background color and can be scaled to at least 200% of its original size.

You don’t necessarily have to create a new site

Prior to creating a new site from scratch, it may be a good idea to have an outside professional conduct a thorough audit of your current web properties. In many cases, simply adding new code or updating existing code can bring your blog or website into compliance with ADA regulations. In addition, it may be a good idea to educate your employees about the ADA and how it applies both online and in the real world.

Allowing individuals to use a website to its full potential is an easy way to deliver quality customer service while also following federal law. An attorney may be able to help you defend against ADA website lawsuits or help you learn more about how to minimize the chances of being the subject of such a lawsuit.