Future-proof your website by integrating beautiful designs with compliant accessibility.
Mention Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance and most people think of wheelchair ramps, accessible parking, and building codes for bathrooms. Under the law, websites and applications should be just as accessible as a building. However, many public and private organizations, that are open to the public, still utilize websites that do not meet ADA compliance standards for website accessibility. While talks of regulations and enforcement are still in the air, technology innovations continue to fuel a digital future which will widen the barrier to website accessibility between organizations and their disabled users.
How does website accessibility affect organizations now?
Simple. Organizations will need to upgrade or redesign their websites to meet ADA compliance standards for accessibility, while also understanding the cost implications and potential benefits of incorporating accessibility designs sooner rather than later. For example, many accessibility guidelines also have positive implications for website search engine optimization (SEO).
Now is the time to be proactive with updating or redesigning your organizations’ website. Future-proof your website to begin removing those barriers to website and application accessibility, and to avoid the headaches from putting this off.
How can organizations learn more about designing websites with compliant accessibility?
RevaComm recently helped re-launch a new ADA accessible website for the City and County of Honolulu, Real Property Assessment Division (RPAD). The website redesign earned recognition at the 2017 Pele Awards, highlighting the design quality and attractiveness of RPAD’s user-focused interface. By implementing ADA accessibility best practices during the design and development stages, it allowed us to enhance the websites’ accessibility for all potential users, without sacrificing the beauty or functionality of the design.
Our 2-prong approach to ADA compliance utilizes the 4 main principles of WCAG 2.0, a shared standard for web content accessibility, and the current federal regulations under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Combining these techniques with rigorous usability testing helped to enhance the RPAD website for accessibility and does not require people to see, hear, or use a standard mouse to access the information and services provided.
Our interactive guide highlights a few best practices that were used for the RPAD website.
Interested in learning more about web accessibility compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act? Follow RevaComm on social media and join us each Wednesday, from May 10, 2017 – June 28, 2017, for our 8-part educational series!