As you created your website, did you have accessibility in mind? Accessibility ensures that your content is accessible to anyone, regardless of their ability. Because of a recent influx of lawsuits against websites that aren’t accessible, this topic has been much more widely discussed.
Even though accessibility is based on legal principles, such as whether or not a website is a place of public accommodation of the ADA, it is primarily rooted in the technical side of your site.
Even though there have been some differing court opinions, I am going to discuss accessibility as though all business owners should have this set for their site. In this episode, I’ll discuss what accessibility is, the current status of website accessibility, accessibility statements, and how it might impact you and your business.
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In this episode:
[02:50] – What is the Americans with Disabilities Act?
[03:41] – Some people have interpreted parts of the ADA to necessitate certain requirements from website owners.
[04:56] – What do you need to do to ensure the accessibility of your website to everyone?
[05:52] – Danielle briefly mentions a few examples of accessibility tweaks you can make on your website.
[06:34] – Danielle talks about the first step to avoid a compliance lawsuit and ensure the accessibility of your website.
[08:00] – Here are three reasons why adding an accessibility statement to your website is critical.
[08:56] – At a minimum, add these three things to your accessibility statement.
[10:33] – Danielle discusses what to do with your accessibility statement once you have it and how she and her website designer worked together on implementing hers.
[11:58] – Take these three actions steps to make your website accessible to all.
Links & Resources:
- Accessibility Statement Generator and WCAG Checklists
- W3 Accessibility Statement Generator
- WCAG Standards
- “ADA Accessibility for Your Website – Here’s What You Need to Know”
- Marketing Queen Consulting
- Businessese on Facebook
- Businessese on Instagram
- Liss Legal
- Liss Legal on Instagram
Sample Accessibility Statements: