So you’ve built your site for your school. Or other business that now requires you to be compliant with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that businesses and nonprofit services providers make accessibility accommodations to enable the disabled public to access the same services as clients who are not disabled. This includes electronic media and web sites. While the ADA applies to businesses with 15 or more employees, even smaller businesses can benefit from ensuring that their websites are ADA compliant. Doing so opens your company up to more potential clients and limits liability. Web developers should include ADA compliant features in the original site and application plans. This is particularly important when working for a government agency or government contractors, and so IMPORTANT FOR CHARTER SCHOOLS as these organizations must follow web accessibility guidelines under Section 508 of the Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Although ADA and Section 508 compliance are different, the published checklist for Section 508 compliance offers insight into ways to make websites accessible for people with disabilities, and thereby work toward ADA compliance.
The basic checklist published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services:
(Courtesy U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
Despite what some would say on the Internet, you really can’t just use a tool. The compliance requires a HTML programmer with the skill to do it and the knowledge of what to look for on your site. It’s a specialty field to be sure. We can do it for you. It’s a simple hourly rate charge – we can even train your staff to monitor postings to be compliant so you don’t need our services – let’s talk on the phone – call today for help. 702-267-8385