ADA Compliant Legal Websites
Your legal website should be designed to reach as many clients as possible,
which means it must be accessible to individuals with certain disabilities who
may struggle with accessing or reading content on traditional websites.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Enacted in 1990, the ADA requires that all “places of public accommodation” remove barriers that would limit access by disabled individuals. At the time, evolving technologies like the web were in their infancy and hence were not taken into consideration under the law as drafted. To address the impact of the law on digital access, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), the agency tasked with enforcing the ADA, has issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking which seeks to amend the language in Title III of the ADA. The DOJ’s directive intends to “Establish requirements for making the goods, services, facilities, privileges, accommodations, or advantages offered by public accommodations via the Internet, specifically at sites on the World Wide Web (Web), accessible to individuals with disabilities.” Additionally, the DOJ has consistently stated that the ADA applies to the internet.
Lawsuits Against Web Operators Under the ADA
In the last few years, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against online retailers and other commercial enterprises over allegedly inaccessible websites. To address accessibility on the web, the Justice Department uses Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) to determine compliance of digital content with the ADA.
Under WCAG 2.0, website content must be:
Content must be available in multiple forms, all information viewable through text, with distinguishable page elements for visual impairments (e.g., color blindness)
Site can be navigated in multiple ways
Pages must be readable and predictable and navigation through the site must be consistent
Site is compatible with assistive technologies or can be interpreted with multiple user agents such as screen readers
ADA-Compliant Websites for Law Firms
Zola Creative offers WCAG 2.0 compliant websites for law firms and legal organizations who wish to broaden the reach of their website’s content and avoid potential legal liability under the ADA. Our compliant website solutions also include ongoing comprehensive reports ensuring they conform with standards. These reports also identify areas and pages within your website that may need updates in order to continue to meet the WCAG guidelines.
How Can I Check if My Current Site is ADA Compliant?