have a disability
are visually impaired
are legally blind
Other impairments to consider: color blind, hearing, para/quadriplegic, cognitive, speech, neurological
The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of life.
Just like a brick and mortar office, your online presence should be accessible by anyone, no matter their circumstances.
What's the risk of not being compliant?
In addition to not being able to serve clients, there are numerous legal risks for not being compliant.
Take reasonable steps towards compliance
Consider a monthly compliance solution ($80-$100)
Small businesses must take reasonable efforts toward compliance. ** There is no one-size-fits-all solution **
Remember: There are multiple levels of accessibility, starting with the minimum access provided by a software widget. Solutions start at $80 to $100 per month.
Some of them advertise up to 95% accessibility. 100% compliance will require an audit.
8.1 million visually impaired and 2 million legally blind Source for both: U.S Census Bureau
From Chicago-based law firm Seyfarth & Shaw. https://www.adatitleiii.com/2019/07/federal-ada-title-iii-lawsuit-numbers-continue-to-climb-in-2019/
Here is a partial list of website accessibility providers:
IIABA and ACT do not endorse a specific third-party website accessibility service or service provider and provide this list for information purposes only. All services rendered are subject to the terms and conditions established as between any third-party service provider and customer. IIABA, ACT, and their affiliates shall not be held responsible in any way for, and specifically disclaim, any liability arising out of or in any way connected to, reliance on, or use of any of the information provided or services rendered by any third-party service providers listed above.
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