Is Your Website ADA & WCAG Compliant for Web Accessibility?

Last updated on March 2, 2023

Is Your Website ADA & WCAG Compliant for Web Accessibility?

Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, or lack an adequate technological solution to make them accessible. Still, we continually improve our accessibility, adding, updating, improving its options and features and developing and adopting new technologies. All this is meant to reach the optimal level of accessibility following technological advancements.

Who needs to be ADA compliant?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a set of federal laws that protect people with disabilities from discrimination. It covers all types and sizes of businesses, from large enterprises to small to medium businesses, retail stores, restaurants, and more. If you have over 15 workers at your business, you must comply with the ADA because it protects your customers and employees.

Assistive technology and browser compatibility

We aim to support as many browsers and assistive technologies as possible, so our users can choose the best-fitting tools for them, with as few limitations as possible. Therefore, we have worked very hard to be able to support all major systems that comprise over 95% of the user market share, including Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Opera and Microsoft Edge (web browsers), JAWS (screen reader) and NVDA (screen reader), both for Windows and MAC users.

With such a broad range of supported browsers and operating systems in place, you can be sure that your website will always look its best on any device or operating system.

The ADA highlights two primary requirements:

  1. Employers have a legal obligation to make accommodations for their employees with disabilities. This includes making sure that the office entrance is wheelchair accessible, installing ramps and other accommodations in the bathroom, and providing the right kind of chairs, desks, and office equipment.
  2. Businesses of all types have to enable customers with disabilities to access their services, requiring them to modify their premises like wheelchair ramps, accessible bathrooms, American Sign Language (ASL) interpretations, and accommodations for service animals.

Disability profiles supported on our website

  • Epilepsy Safe Profile: this profile enables people with epilepsy to safely use the website by eliminating the risk of seizures resulting from flashing or blinking animations and risky color combinations.
  • Vision Impaired Profile: this profile adjusts the website so that it is accessible to the majority of visual impairments such as Degrading Eyesight, Tunnel Vision, Cataract, Glaucoma, and others.
  • Cognitive Disability Profile: this profile provides various assistive features to help users with cognitive disabilities such as Autism, Dyslexia, CVA, and others, to focus on the essential elements more easily.
  • ADHD Friendly Profile: this profile significantly reduces distractions and noise to help people with ADHD, and Neurodevelopmental disorders browse, read, and focus on the essential elements more easily.
  • Blind Users Profile (Screen-readers): this profile adjusts the website to be compatible with screen-readers such as JAWS, NVDA, VoiceOver, and TalkBack. A screen-reader is installed on the blind user’s computer, and this site is compatible with it.
  • Keyboard Navigation Profile (Motor-Impaired): this profile enables motor-impaired persons to operate the website using the keyboard Tab, Shift+Tab, and the Enter keys. Users can also use shortcuts such as “M” (menus), “H” (headings), “F” (forms), “B” (buttons), and “G” (graphics) to jump to specific elements.

Additional UI, design, and readability adjustments

  1. Users have the ability to make various adjustments to the font, including increasing or decreasing its size, changing the typeface, adjusting spacing, alignment, line height, and more.
  2. Users can customize the color scheme of the website by selecting from various options such as light, dark, inverted, and monochrome.
  3. There are also over seven different coloring options for titles, texts, and backgrounds.
  4. Animations, such as videos, GIFs, and flashing transitions, can be stopped with a single click for users with epilepsy.
  5. Users can choose to highlight important elements, such as links and titles, or only focus on hovered elements.
  6. For users with hearing devices, the audio can be muted to prevent headaches or other issues.
  7. A search engine linked to Wikipedia and Wiktionary is also available, which can be especially helpful for those with cognitive disorders.
  8. Additional functions, such as changing the cursor color and size, printing mode, virtual keyboard, and many others, are also available.

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