Is Your Website ADA Compliant?
- Is the connection to your website secure for your visitors?
- Do you have Privacy and Terms & Conditions pages?
- Do you have an Accessibility Access page?
- Do you have software enabled (like this site) to help disabled vistors to navigate your site?
If you said “No” to any of these questions, you need to contact us as soon as possbile. Your business is at serious risk of incurring substanital fines and penalties.
Your Website, Your Business, Your Responsibility
As a website owner you are responsible for ensuring that content you put on your site is available to everyone – regardless of ability.
Websites that do not meet WCAG 2.1 AA accessibility standards can be fined up to $50,000 for a first violation, $100,000 for a second, and even more for compensation of damages.
Over 2250 website accessibility violation lawsuits were filed in 2018 and double that in 2019. That number is expected to triple this year.
You need to act fast to ensure compliance with the ADA.
Remember, an accessible site will also allow nearly 20% of the population that has some form of disability to access your site’s content without any barriers or limitations.
Handling Accessibility Complaints
If you receive a legal complaint or demand letter regarding your website’s lack of accessibility, you need to take it seriously.
Failure to comply with Section 508 of the Department of Justice’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design could expose your company to hefty fines, the risk of expensive criminal and civil litigation as well as a reputation for being unfriendly to people with disabilities.
Accessibility violations that prevent people with disabilities from accessing your digital content are rampant among websites, and are serious violations of federal ADA laws.
While you likely did not intend to violate the Americans with Disabilities Act, there’s a strong likelihood that the claimant who sent you the demand letter, complaint or lawsuit had been directly adversely affected by accessibility barriers on your site.
Act Fast to Mitigate Your Risk of Further Legal Exposure
Your business’ accessibility effort should be undertaken to ensure your site is made fully accessible for any individual that requires accessibility functions, and to demonstrate your goodwill and real effort towards achieving such compliance.
The ultimate goal is to ensure your site is made fully accessible for individuals who rely on assistive technologies and other accessibility enhancements as well as to provide your business with a protective legal framework that is necessary in today’s business environment.
Web accessibility can seem complex and overwhelming if you don’t know where to start. Our approach: start small, one step at a time.
You can try out the ADA Widget above in the upper right-hand corner of our website. See for yourself how effective and easy to use it is.
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Make sure your website is compliant by contacting DigitalWires.
“We wanted to be sure that our website was accessible to ALL visitors and that we were complying with current state, federal and international laws concerning privacy and visitor information.
Over a dozen states have proposed or already are implementing privacy laws to protect the Personally Identifiable Information (PII) of its citizens.
Each of these laws has unique requirements as well as unique penalties for not complying. Some states are proposing businesses be fined over $5,000 per infringement (per website visitor).
Some states are proposing private right of action (meaning citizens of that state can sue businesses anywhere in the US).
These laws do not care where the business is located. The laws are only out to protect its citizens.
- Avoid massive fines and lawsuits
- Limit your liability
- Keep control of your website
- Protect your intellectual-property
- Ensure legitimacy to your website visitors
Your site will automatically be updated by Termageddon® whenever the law changes.
- European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
- The California Online Privacy Protection Act (CalOPPA)
- The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA)
- Nevada’s Revised Statutes Chapter 603A and SB220
These laws were created to protect the consumers of those states and countries, not the businesses. This means that these laws can apply to businesses outside of those states and countries and may apply to you if you collect the personal information of or enter into transactions
with consumers from the European Union, California or Nevada.
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About DigitalWires Inc.
A full-service web hosting, design and marketing company, DigitalWires specializes in helping small and medium-sized businesses develop internet strategies to enhance their current marketing efforts.