What is WCAG, Section 508 and ADA’s goal?
WCAG and Section 508 have the same goal: to make electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities with standards for compliance. Compliance includes Technical, Functional and Support standards.
- WCAG 2.0 and 2.1 are formal guidelines for how to develop web content so it is accessible for all. They are a higher level of compliancey than Section 508.
- Section 508 is from The U.S. Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and mandates the federal government procure, create, use and maintain information and technology that is accessible to people with disabilities, regardless of whether or not they work for the federal government. Section 508 includes WCAG 2.0 standards.
- The Americans with Disabilities Act or the ADA guidelines do not cover the internet. The ADA defers to WCAG 2.0 and 2.1 as acceptable accessibility standards for the internet.
This having been said, what is the problem?
(Reuters) – Business groups are clamoring for the U.S. Supreme Court to dam a deluge of litigation over the accessibility of their websites and mobile apps to disabled customers. As I told you last month, trade groups and right-leaning public interest shops have filed amicus briefs urging the justices to grant review of a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that allowed a blind Domino’s customer to move ahead with claims that the pizza company violated the Americans with Disabilities Act because its website and mobile app were not fully accessible to him. Domino’s and its friends want the Supreme Court to clarify whether the ADA even applies to websites.
There’s no question that ADA website litigation has exploded in the last few years. There were fewer than 100 such suits filed in federal court in 2015, according to Seyfarth Shaw’s ADA blog. In 2018, that number reached 2,258 – and this year’s filings are on pace to set a new record, according to a report last month from the web services company UsableNet. UsableNet estimates that plaintiffs are filing new ADA website accessibility suits in federal court at a pace of one per hour – and those numbers don’t reflect state court suits or simple demand letters to businesses with allegedly deficient websites. UsableNet’s Chief Innovation Officer, Jason Taylor, told me in an interview that disabled plaintiffs and their lawyers are probably targeting something like 10,000 companies a year with ADA website accessibility claims.
So, for now. There is increasingly higher risk. In our view, certainly enough to act on. You don’t want to get an unexpected letter from an attorney who’s business it is to simply shake you down for a settlement.
Protection of your site is like an alarm system. It won’t guarantee you won’t get sued. Nothing can do that. However, it will make your company a far less attractive target leading the attorney’s to pursue their cases and shakedowns via other targets.
The purpose of our firm sharing the information and providing a solution is to build relationships with entrepreneurs, firms, technical leaders, strategists, attorneys, and more.
Our solution is far less expensive than most because candidly, it’s software driven for the most part and if a company needs a bit more compliance assistance, it’s a great way for us to build relationships without heavy costs to our clients.
We help you get your websites and ALL your web content ADA compliant. We do so professionally and quickly. If you have a current web pro, we are ready to share the necessary code, links, and reports automatically to your provider. If they do the installation and follow up, it’s even less expensive.
We’ve helped businesses and site owners like you be protected from frivolous lawsuits and serve your disabled web visitors in a far better way. We find this is a completely congruent piece of work in Blue Ocean Strategy. It serves many companies well by equipping them to serve a first, second, and third tier of non-customers.
We have the requisite skills and team players to get the job done.
We have several years of experience in building websites across numerous platforms and this strategic implementation is one of the few we feel is imperative in Blue Ocean Strategic work.
In most cases, protecting your site and delivery of a detailed report with suggested tweaks to images, videos, fonts, and colors will be less than $100 per site. Please fill out the following form and someone on the team will follow up promptly.