How to get your website into compliance with ADA

Feb 09, 2012
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Everyone who has a website will want to find out how to prepare for the newest upcoming ADA regulations on accommodation for people with vision and hearing impairments. After March 15th Federal watchdogs will be checking employer websites (as a starting place) to assure that they are not violating accessibility standards for people with vision and hearing impairments.  This is being done to ensure that PWD have equal access to employment in the community.

The website programmers and HR program leadership will want to prepare for the newest enforcement ‘push’ by learning what accessible website features are, and how to incorporate them into all HR websites.

The following questions help determine the level of accessibility you have on your website:

1.       Can you navigate your website using only the keyboard? (Required)

2.       Can you fill out and submit forms without using a mouse? (Required)

3.       Do the color contrast and text size appear reasonable for a person with low vision? (Required)

4.       Does the link text make sense on its own- not just saying ‘click here’? (Required)

5.       Do your videos and pictures have captions and transcripts? (Required)

6.       Does the site rely on a person being able to distinguish color in order to use the site? (Prohibited)

Beyond this type of simple Q and A, a website design person might be needed to accomplish the following important processes:

1.       Structuring pages so that they make sense to assistive technology (such as computerized readers). This is a design html feature process that is used in typing in the headings, lists, links, paragraphs, etc.

2.       Checking the actual color contrast on the site.

3.       Ensuring data tables and timed response periods are designed to accommodate disability.

In general the ADA regulations require changes that will assist people with disabilities in using all websites that are available on the www or http platforms.

It has been reported that the most common complaints from people with low vision or hearing are that information is hard to find, the website forms ‘time-out’ too quickly, the information is poorly organized or badly written, or even completely missing.

You can learn more about one company providing training through the following reference:

How to Get Your Website into Compliance Training: http://catalog.blr.com/product.cfm/product/30732715

The ADA website is: www. ADA.gov

Author: Tanya