Without clear regulations how do you know if your site is safe from lawsuits? And if there are problems, how do you fix them?
The good news is that over and over again, courts have pointed to a particular set of voluntary industry guidelines, put out by the World Wide Web Association, as a standard businesses can refer to in lieu of official government regulations. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) give business owners a great place to start, and a way to show they’re making good-faith efforts to make their websites accessible. Business owners can also look to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, and its related guidelines, which Federal Agencies use to make their websites accessible.
Customer support at Squarespace warns, “It’s important to note that some Squarespace elements may not be fully accessible. If your site is required to comply with accessibility standards, we recommend working with an accessibility specialist.”
According to court documents in Gil’s lawsuit, fixing the problem completely could take between $37,000 and $250,000, far too expensive for many small businesses. Even the University of California recently opted to take down content rather than spend the money to make it all accessible.
At little guy branding, we’re currently developing ADA compliance solutions that will cost far less than these figures for most websites. If you’re worried about compliance, get in touch.
Strapped for cash? While you might not be able to completely achieve ADA website compliance, there are still steps you can take today to make your website less of a target for lawsuits and more friendly to people with disabilities.