The Importance of Having an ADA Compliant Website


he Importance of Having an ADA Compliant Website

Digital accessibility (ADA Compliant Website) is becoming a common issue as technology and its users grow. For business owners, lawsuits are swiftly on the rise. Especially in California.

Although digital accessibility isn’t new, it’s not your fault if you haven’t heard of it. Public awareness is just now coming into the mainstream.

The international standards in digital accessibility for business websites are set by the W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) and is known as WCAG (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines).

Section 508 compliance is the standard for government agencies, non-profits, and federal contractors. The federal government sets their own standards for digital accessibility with what’s know as Section 508.

So what is ADA Compliant (digital accessibility) for your website?

Website Accessibility Repair and Remediation

Achieve your accessibility compliance goals with our website accessibility repair and remediation services.

Athenix provides website accessibility repair and remediation services to achieve compliance with Section 508 and the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0). Our accessibility repair services include:

Theme and template repair

Whether you’re using WordPress, Drupal, or other content management system, website themes can contain accessibility errors that can pose significant barriers for people with disabilities. At Athenix, we provide theme, template, and style sheet repair to address core accessibility issues that appear on multiple pages across your website. Some examples of typical errors in web templates include:

- HTML/CSS Syntax Errors
Images missing alternate text descriptions
- Keyboard accessibility problems – navigation systems and pages not usable with a keyboard only Contrast errors – insufficient contrast between foreground and background elements
- And more

Our accessibility engineers will update your website theme, templates and style sheets to remove accessibility barriers, and re-rest pages to verify conformance with WCAG 2.0.

Web Content Updates

Modern content management systems have opened Web publishing to the masses. The downside of this is that much of the content that is published on the Web is not available in accessible formats. This includes:

- Images missing alternate text
- Embedded video missing captions
- Pages using invalid/deprecated HTML markup
- And more

At Athenix, we provide web content updates to achieve compliance with Section 508 and the W3C’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. Our accessibility experts will review your site content, and update page markup, images, videos, and other content to address accessibility barriers. We’ll then re-test your pages using both automated and manual tools to verify conformance with WCAG 2.0.

Web Form Updates

Web forms that are not keyboard accessible can be completely unusable by assistive technology users—and can pose a significant barrier to accessibility. Common uses of Web forms include:

- Contact forms that collect user information (Contact Form 7, Gravity Forms)
- Select menus that link to other parts of your website
- Job application forms
- And more

Our accessibility development team will test your website with a screen reader to verify accessibility with assistive technology devices. We’ll identify and document barriers, and update web forms to meet keyboard accessibility requirements. We’ll then re-test forms to verify that they are accessible with assistive technology devices.

If you have any questions or would like a free ADA Compliant Website Audit, please do not hesitate to contact our team today to get started.


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