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ADA Compliance & Website Accessibility

ADA Compliance and Website Accessibility

Next up on my podcast was Glen Ingram and the topic of discussion for this episode was ADA Compliance and website accessibility which I didn’t actually know people were being used for failing to adhere to over in the US.

Basically over in the US they passed a law where anything electronic including information technology had to be accessible to people with disabilities.

Stats out there will tell you that 1 in 5 people have a disability of some kind and this really does amount to a huge amount of people, so it is really important that you do take this seriously not only from a legal point of view but the reality is you can be missing out on a huge chunk of traffic I mean 1 in 5 people is 20% so that really can make a huge difference to any business out there.

WHAT IS ADA COMPLIANCE

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.

The ADA differs from Section 508 regulations, which are an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and apply to all information technology, including computer hardware, software and documentation.

Not 100% sure how the land lies with the law in the UK at present but there are many ways in which you can make your website compliant, which is the right thing to be doing and also gives you more chance of winning more business, clicks or whatever your online venture may involve.

WHO NEEDS TO FOLLOW THESE REQUIREMENTS?

Pretty much anyone who offers information online has to follow these requirements in the US and this may change here in the UK in the near future.

But in general Glen Ingram was telling us more about what’s involved in making your website accessible and why you might not want to use a plugin to do this, as plugins are tot developed to the point where they can do this kind of work and do it accurately.

I would highly recommend that if you do have any questions or queries on what you need to do to become ADA compliant, or if you want to hire someone to make your website accessible then heading over to Glen and asking him to give you the right advice or to point you in the right direction is what I’d be advising anyone to do.

You can find Glen’s business here.

Just ping him a message, he’s very approachable and will do his best to help you.

 

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Craig Campbell

I am a Glasgow based SEO expert who has been doing SEO for 18 years.

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