Did you know that the law requires your Web content and certain programs to be accessible with people with disabilities? In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice issued revised guidance to Titles II and III of the ADA requiring state and local government agencies to identify and fix problems that prevent people with disabilities from gaining equal access to their programs. In the private sector, discrimination against people with disabilities in employment, transportation, telecommunications and public buildings is prohibited. Since 2006, several lawsuits have been filed against private businesses, such as Target, Staples and CVS Pharmacy, for inaccessible Web content. Many believe that government-initiated Web accessibility regulations will be established in the private sector in the near future.
Where We Come In
Businesses who implement accessible design have increased customer bases,more efficient content management, and reduced chances of litigation from user groups with disabilities. Although not a legal requirement, incorporating accessibility best practices into your product’s design is recommended because:
- It doesn’t change the visual experience for anyone else.
- Accessible content has better cross-browser compatibility and faster download times.
- It increases your client base. (It is estimated that the disabled population in the United States makes up approximately $1 trillion in disposable income.)
- It improves how non-disabled users interact with your applications.
- It’s the most cost-effective way.
- According to the legislative trend, it is only a matter of time before government regulations for accessibility are established.
- It’s the right thing to do.