Over the last 2 years, ADA Compliance has become a growing concern in the web development community. As your technology partner, we are recommending that you address ADA Compliance on your website as soon as possible.
WHAT IS ADA COMPLIANCE FOR WEBSITES?
The Department of Justice (DOJ) published the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design in September 2010. These standards state that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.
WHO NEEDS TO BE ADA COMPLIANT?
The ADA standards apply to commercial and public entities that have “places of public accommodation” which includes the Internet. This means any publically available website or mobile application must be built to accommodate persons with disabilities.
In recent years, several landmark lawsuits have paved the way for scores of additional lawsuits to be filed. While the pandemic seemed to have slowed down the pace for a while, we have seen a significant increase in lawsuits being filed so far in 2021.
LANDMARK ADA LAWSUITS
Many organizations (high and low profile) have already been sued. Here are a few prominent examples, just to name a few.
DOMINO’S PIZZA SUPREME COURT RULING
SANCHEZ v. BROWNING, LLC
THOMPSON v. WALMART, INC
The Average ADA Compliance Lawsuit Costs
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?
Here at Rhino Group, we recommend utilizing an AI-based service called accessiBe, which utilizes two applications that together achieve full compliance. The accessibility interface is responsible for all the UI and design-related adjustments, while the AI-powered background process handles the more complex requirements, included optimization for screen readers and for keyboard navigation.
More information on the product can be found here.
WHAT ARE THE COSTS ASSOCIATED TO THE ADDITION OF ACCESSIBE?
Standard Plan (1,000 pages or less) $500/yr plus implementation costs
Large Plan (10,000 pages or less) $1,500/yr plus implementation costs
Implementation costs vary depending on your website site, platform, and any custom features you may have. Please contact us for implementation costs for your website.