AVOID COSTLY LAWSUITS! 3 STEPS TO WEBSITE ACCESSIBILITY
WHY DOES MY WEBSITE NEED TO BE ACCESSIBLE?
56 million Americans have some form of disability. 50% of them use the internet daily. Some of them are your customers.
A non-accessible website can lead to an ADA lawsuit that can cost you thousands of dollars. Accessibility is the law and there are serial litigants suing thousands of businesses every day. Let us help you get proactive.
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT ADA COMPLIANCE PROS?
WHY ADA COMPLIANCE PROS?
WHY DO YOU NEED A MANUAL WEBSITE AUDIT?
A software scan won’t determine a sufficient degree of content accessibility. In fact, such programs only run at about 30% accuracy.
Manual audits check for various requirements in accordance with the highest conformance standards, including color contrast, screen reader compatibility readability, alternative text, keyboard access, links and menus, adequate prompting and labeling.
Accessibility involves a wide range of disabilities, including visual, auditory, physical, speech, cognitive, language, learning, and neurological. All the factors that websites must be accessible to..
HAVE OUR TRAINED WEBSITE AUDITORS CHECK EACH PAGE TO MAKE SURE YOUR BUSINESS STAYS PROTECTED.
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The Americans with Disabilities Act llas created for much more than internet websites, but since it was created to evolve with the times, the range that it covers continues to spread. At its bottom line, the ADA covers all domains considered ‘places of public accommodation,’ language that showcases the act’s flexibility and exactly what makes your website fall under it. With the evolution of our notion of public spaces developing to include the internet at large, the ADA regulates web accessibility. Still, because many websites are created without a clear understanding of the act, many are not actually ADA compliant.
There are different approaches depending on the severity of your problem. If you have already been served with a lawsuit, don’t worry, we will help you get through this. That starts with an initial consultation where we explain everything in a way that you can understand. We’ll provide a step by step action plan and discuss some of the alternatives that you will have. Then we can recommend the services that we provide that will help you in fighting your lawsuit.
For those of you who are being proactive, bravo! Many business owners believe that their building is “grandfathered” or they’re a tenant and therefore don’t need to be compliant. We will begin our discussion by talking about your objectives and then the pros and cons of making your business accessible. We can then talk about strategies for cost effective barrier removal and when and how to implement your plan. Our objective is to give you all the tools needed to make sound business decisions on accessibility.
The initial consultation is on us. Give us a call and we can explain some of the ins and outs of accessibility access. We know that it is a confusing subject and we will do our best to answer your questions. After we hear about the details of your accessibility challenge, we can then suggest a custom package that is tailored to your needs and budget. We have a wide range of services that we can draw from to make it just right for you.
We can then put a time and cost estimate together for you. This doesn’t cost you anything either. We are anxious to solve your problem, so the proposal will arrive by email within a day or two of our initial consultation. Then let’s talk again. This is a collaborative effort and good communication is essential to our approach in solving your problem. So what are you waiting for? We look forward to becoming your go-to accessibility expert.
Approximately 20% of the US population has a disability? That’s a staggering figure that is only going to grow as our population grows older. In these tough economic times, why would any business want to exclude potential customers? These disabled customers have great purchasing power as the affluent baby boomer generation approaches retirement age. The disabled community also spreads the word on disabled friendly businesses.
Our job as your disability access consultant is not only to make you aware of the non-compliant items but also to advise you on cost effective ways to correct the problem. ADA Compliance Professionals uses our extensive construction background to recommend the most economical solution to each non-accessible feature.
Another consideration in any cost analysis is the determination of what is readily achievable barrier removal. Readily achievable means easily accomplishable and able to be carried out without much difficulty or expense. Businesses can use a number of factors, primarily financial, to determine their ability to make the necessary changes. All the changes also don’t have to be done immediately and could be spread out over time.
There are also Federal incentives for barrier removal. These include the Disabled Tax Credit (Title 26, IRS, Section 44) and the Architectural and Transportation Barrier Removal Tax Deduction (Title 26, IRS, Section 190)
In California, SB 1608 has established the Certified Access Specialist Program (CASp). The benefits of CASp apply to properties that have been inspected by an individual who is CASp certified before a construction-related accessibility claim occurs. ADA Compliance Professionals is CASp-certified.
Among other things, the bill requires the court to grant a 90 stay of the proceedings with respect to the claim and schedule an early-evaluation conference between the plaintiff and defendant.
The bill provides that damages may be recovered in a construction related accessibility claim against a place of public accommodation only if a violation of construction related accessibility standards denied the plaintiff full and equal access to the place of public accommodation on a particular occasion.
A Certified Access Specialist is uniquely qualified to advise you on disability access issues. We have the experience and have passed a rigorous exam on both federal and state standards. Also, only a CASp-certified report can provide the business owner with the special benefits of SB 1608.