What are the laws and regulations?
The ADA, passed in 1990, prohibits discrimination against those with disabilities by both businesses, and public entities. Every organization faces a stark choice - comply or await litigation, and then comply.
94% of websites are non-compliant and discriminatory, leaving organizations at risk of litigation, and crucially, making them inaccessible for people with disabilities such as visual impairment. It is your responsibility to ensure that your website adheres to the requirements of the ADA and other federal and state acts.
Who is required to comply with accessibility regulations?
The ADA applies to both public entities and private businesses:
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There are numerous other pieces of federal and state legislation such as Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Air Carrier Access Act, and the Unruh Act in California that are relevant to website accessibility. The most widely accepted standards are the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). AAAtraq uses these standards to audit your site and map your pathway to compliance.
What are the rules for public entities?
Any public entity that receives federal funding is legally required to ensure that their website is compliant with accessibility regulations in accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The same rules apply to anyone who does business with a federal agency.
Crucially those that the rules are in place to assist realize little benefit – predatory drive-by lawyers do. AAAtraq helps you ensure that your website isn’t discriminatory and that you are not at risk of drive-by litigation, whatever sector you are in.
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