Is your website ADA compliant? If the answer to that question is “yes”, then great! You are way ahead of the curve. Give yourself a gold star and a pat on the back. But if you’re still getting your feet wet with what it means to be ADA compliant, read on.
ADA is an abbreviation for the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. It’s a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination based on disability. Website ADA compliance naturally means that a website, just like any other electronic or information technology, must be accessible to people with disabilities. Check out our previous blog post about ADA compliance for some additional general information on this topic.
Now that you hopefully have a very general idea of what website ADA compliance is, let’s take a nerdy look at what’s involved in reaching the three different levels (A, AA, AAA) of compliance:
In addition to all items already listed in Level A Compliance above, Level AA Compliance also includes the following items:
In addition to all items already listed in Level A Compliance and Level AA Compliance above, Level AAA Compliance also includes the following items:
For clients with a very limited budget, we recommend considering Level A compliance. So many websites out there never reach even Level A compliance. Achieving just that first level is already a big step in the right direction.
Skipping ahead to Level AAA compliance… According to the World Wide Web Consortium, “It is not recommended that Level AAA conformance be required as a general policy for entire sites because it is not possible to satisfy all Level AAA Success Criteria for some content.” While Level AAA compliance is the most comprehensive level of website conformance, it is also the most restrictive on critical interactive elements which can contribute to your website’s overall design and functionality.
Backtracking to Level AA compliance… this is the realistic “sweet spot” and the level of ADA compliance that we recommend most often.
If you’re ready to make the move to transform your website into an ADA-compliant masterpiece, let’s chat. Simply fill out the form below to get started.
About the author:
Partner, Director of Development
Christopher is the Director of Development and one of the partners at Torx. In addition to keeping Torx's Richmond office firing on all cylinders, he can often be found deep in the trenches, building custom content management systems and WordPress-powered websites. He still remembers how to write Basic computer programs on Apple IIs and Commodore 64s.