NEW! - Compliance Checker

We now have an ADA/WCAG compliance checker built into our CMS. The compliance checker is free of charge.
When editing a page or other content, you can click the compliance checker icon:

Is our website ADA compliant? How do we make it ADA compliant?

The website specifications for ADA compliance are now replaced by the WCAG 2.0 specification.
Asking for "ADA Compliance" is actually asking the incorrect question, since that specification is from the 1990s.
Your staff will need specific training to make sure that the your website remains inclusive and you may want to purchase a service that continually scans your website for accessibility issues. We can recommend some companies that offer that service. All of them work with our software.
High-level training on accessiblity is included with our website projects.

ADA is outdated and has been replaced by WCAG 2.0

ADA compliance rules were created in the late 1990s, and those have been replaced by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) version 2.0.
The WCAG 2.0 website is located online here here: https://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag
Take a look at that website, and you will quickly discover how complex accessibility compliance has become.

How is WCAG 2.0 different from ADA?

When the first ADA compliance checklists for websites were first created in the 1990s, websites were much simpler and ADA compliance was simple to validate.
It was possible to have a easy pass/fail for ADA compliance with the old rules from the 1990s, as each compliance item was a yes/no for compliance.
For example, a question on the old ADA rules was "Does your website have blinking text?". If your site did not have blinking text, then you would pass for that item.
Those days are gone, and WCAG has multiple levels of compliance (sufficient, advisory, fail) for 10x the number of items, so there is no simple overall pass/fail.
Here is the compliance checklist for WCAG: https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/ .

How do we avoid an ADA accessibility lawsuit regarding our website?

We are not attorneys, so we cannot provide you legal advice. There is no technology solution that prevents lawsuits.
Below are some of the strategies that we see municipalities implementing, and that we assist you with at varying degrees.

  1. Understand the WCAG 2.0 Specifications
    Since ADA has been replaced by WCAG, you MUST read the specifications to have an understanding of the levels of compliance to develop your accessibility strategy.  Please review the specifications at https://www.w3.org/WAI/intro/wcag and the compliance guide at https://www.w3.org/WAI/WCAG20/quickref/ . so that you understand the specification.
    You will quickly see how in-depth they are, and why there is not a simple pass-fail for accessibility compliance .
  2. Statement of Compliance
    Your attorney should assist you in creating a statement of compliance that you can post on your website.
  3. Add a reporting form to your website
    We recommend that you create a form on your website where the public can report accessibility issues that they find on your website.
  4. CMS User Training
    It is possible for your CMS users to defeat your accessibility goals, so adequate CMS training is needed for the easiest issues to fix.
  5. Purchase a Compliance Checking Service ($2000+ per year)
    There are a number of companies that provide online services and software tools to review your website real-time continually to identify compliance issues so that they can be resolved. This is beyond the scope of our CMS software, as it requires a web-based service running, along with training and reporting tools. Scans of your website can be done remotely and automatically. These solutions are installed into your website by adding a special JavaScript snippet of code into the code of your website that is embedded into all pages. These solutions check for spelling error, broken links, missing images and other issues as well.

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