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ADA Compliance Websites

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Why Should My Organization Address This Issue?

Government agencies, non-profit organizations, public schools and now even private businesses are receiving complaints and legal notices that they are discriminating against disabled individuals because they do not have an ADA compliant website according to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) and Section 508 accessibility standards.

Up until recently, most businesses didn't have to worry about being ADA compliant. That is not true anymore. Whether or not your website is ADA compliant is no longer something to ignore.

Although the courts are still defining exactly what it means for websites to be “compliant”, under the existing laws about discriminating against disabled individuals, these formal complaints and cases often focus on whether the school district took appropriate steps to ensure web accessibility.

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What Steps Should My Organization Take?

There is no making a “good faith” attempt to address your organization’s web accessibility issues, your organization must comply with WCAG 2.0 and the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). To make sure your organization’s website is in compliance, consider the following steps.


Analyze your website to see if it complies with:

W3C ACAG 1.0
86 tests covering A, AA,
and AAA guidelines

The WCAG 1.0 guidelines were published in 1999, and explain how to make web content accessible to people with disabilities.

W3C ACAG 2.0
118 tests covering A, AA,
and AAA guidelines

WCAG 2.0 was published in 2008, and covers a wide range of recommendations for making your web content more accessible. It covers a wider range of disabilities than WCAG 1.0 including: blindness and low vision, learning disabilities, speech disabilities, deafness and hearing loss, cognitive limitations, limited movement, photosensitivity and combinations of these.

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55 tests covering
15 guidelines

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (amended 29 U.S.C. 794d) requires that US Federal employees with disabilities have access to information comparable to employees without disabilities.

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Generate a report that identifies the areas of your website that are not compliant.


Develop an action plan that prioritizes the issues that need to be fixed and how to best maintain compliance. This includes developing an action plan for training your staff that generate web content moving forward to be focused on web accessibility for all users. Your action plan should attempt to balance the cost of enacting the changes and how the changes will affect overall website usability for all users.

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Fix the issues that were found with your website. This often involves working with the vendor or internal team that created your website to ensure they understand the web accessibility standards and guidelines and are trained on how to best address them.


Continue to monitor your website for future issues. Since most website content is constantly changing, we highly recommend repeating the testing process from time to time to address issues and train any new staff on the rules and best practices surrounding accessibility. This reporting should be stored with your perinate records to again help reinforce to outside parties your efforts to make your organization’s website ADA accessible.

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Find Out How Foremost Media Can Help My Organization?

As a website development vendor for public school districts, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and businesses of all types, we have prior experience with this process.

We can help you take the steps outlined above to identify and correct your website accessibility issues. Once the issues are corrected, we can work with your team to provide training on how to continue to monitor for accessibility issues going forward and how to correct them.

Being proactive about your web accessibility enables you to respond and defend against compliance-related legal demands. Choosing not to address your website’s accessibility issues could cost your organization’s funding or harm its reputation.

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