Is Your Website or Blog ADA Compliant?
Note: None of this is to be considered legal advice. This is my own opinion based on my own research. Be sure to speak with a lawyer to fully understand everything you need to do to make your website ADA compliant.
Many people are getting sued right now over the lack of the ADA compliance of their websites and blogs. This is costing many people tens of thousands of dollars in litigation fees.
Now the rumor that lawyers are just scanning websites and then filing lawsuits against the owners if their site does not pass the scan is a lie. That would be illegal, that is not how a lawsuit works.
In order for you to be sued for a website ADA violation, an actual disabled person must legitimately try to use your site, and if only because of their disability they are not able to access something on your site, then they can hire a lawyer and sue you. You can read more about this at https://www.epgdlaw.com/are-ada-compliant-website-lawsuits-a-scam/
Now, at the link above it says that ADA Compliance only applies to business websites that also have a physical location and only if the disabled person cannot access the physical address of the business. However, some courts have now ruled that all business websites must be ADA Compliant see https://www.accessiblemetrics.com/blog/do-all-websites-have-to-be-ada-compliant/ . So to be safe every website owner needs to do their best to be ADA compliant and protect themselves from lawsuits.
Another lie floating around the internet is that accessibility widgets will not help you be ADA compliant. This is not true.
Now, a widget will not help you pass a scan, but a lawsuit cannot be based on failing a scan.
A lawsuit can only be based on the true personal testimony of a disabled person, who legitimately wanted to use your site, but was unable to access something only because of their disability.
Accessibility widgets do help disabled people access the information on your site by reading the text to them, changing color contrasting, stopping flashing animations etc. So accessibility widgets do help a lot, but you also need to make sure your pictures have alternate text and your videos have transcripts or accurate closed captions. So you cannot only depend on a widget.
The Live Well Accessibility Widget
I can create a script for the Live Well Accessibility Widget and put it on your website for you, that will allow visitors to customize the look and functionality of your site just on their computer screens to make your site usable for them.
Why the Live Well Accessibility Widget is Better Than Other Accessibility Widgets.
People have had problems with some accessibility widgets because those ones did not work well with their screen reader. The Live Well Accessibility widget has a built in screen reader called “text to speech” and it also has “blindness mode” which will allow a visitor to use their own screen reader. I have tested the Live Well Accessibility widget with NVDA which is the most common free screen reader, and it works great in blindness mode. The built in text to speech reader also works great.
This widget will help make your site ADA compliant and will help protect you from these lawsuits. (It is impossible to make a site 100% compliant because there is no actual law concerning websites and court rulings have been varied, but the more accessibility features you have on your site, the less likely you will be to get sued.)
In addition to having this script installed on your site you also need to make sure that you have alternate text for all of your pictures, and make sure you have a transcript below your videos or accurate closed captioning available for all of your videos on your site. Doing these things should keep you from getting sued, or at least give you a good defense and chance of winning, if you do get sued.
You can see an example of the widget on this website just click the blue dot in the upper right-hand corner.
Scripts cost only $150 one-time fee per site.
You can choose on the order form below to have me install the script on your site for you, or to have me email the script code to you along with installation instructions so you can install it yourself. The price is the same either way, and I will still need the link to your site’s contact form to put into the accessibility statement on the widget. You can see my accessibility statement by clicking on the widget in the upper right hand corner of this site, and then clicking on the “accessibility link” at the bottom of the widget.
Please allow up to 2 business days for your script to be installed for you or emailed to you.
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