What is ADA Compliance?The Americans with Disability Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design states that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities. ADA compliance ensures that your website falls within these standards. Not only does an ADA compliant website allow your business to cater to a larger audience, it is also necessary for internal employees who may be disabled.
How Do I Make My Website ADA Compliant?First and foremost, evaluate your current website. There are programs you can use that rate the accessibility of your website. Another alternative is to manually test the site with screen reader software. An ADA compliant website must meet the criteria within the four categories outlined in the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0). Here are a couple of tips to keep in mind:
- Images should have descriptive alt tags. These allow site readers to describe images audibly.
- Fonts should be easy to read. This includes color and size.
- The site should operate in a predictable way, using helpful labels where applicable. This includes styles and elements such as buttons, headers etc.
- Videos should have an option for closed captions and allow users to pause or slow down content (with a keyboard function as well).