ADA Compliance

512 City Design Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Website Compliance Program 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 contractor, 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. Foundation of our ADA Program:
  • Plan for accessibility up front – on new site
  • Strategic planning to build accessibility into a website development or redesign project is a key first step. A strategic plan for web accessibility covers many areas beyond actual content development and visual design. A comprehensive plan includes accessibility considerations for all aspects of a website including document uploads, accessibility tool selection, and quality assurance testing. It is important to start early in order to reduce the risk of making early decisions that become expensive to change or remediate later.
  • Integrate accessibility throughout the development lifecycle
  • Accessibility is best approached as an integral and ongoing activity. Integrate accessibility throughout the project from early planning to final deployment and keep maintenance on the system for the duration.
  • Incorporate both automated and manual accessibility assurance
  • Use a combination of automated scanning and manual testing as an integral part of your overall quality assurance process.
General Accessibility Checklist:
  • Every image, video file, audio file, plug-in, etc. has an alt tag
  • Complex graphics are accompanied by detailed text descriptions
  • The alt descriptions describe the purpose of the objects
  • If an image is also used as a link, make sure the alt tag describes the graphic and the link destination
  • Decorative graphics with no other function have empty alt descriptions (alt= “”)
  • Add captions to videos
  • Add audio descriptions
  • Create text transcript
  • Create a link to the video rather than embedding it into web pages
  • Add a link to the media player download
  • Add an additional link to the text transcript
  • The page should provide alternative links to the Image Map
  • The <area> tags must contain an alt attribute
  • Data tables have the column and row headers appropriately identified (using the <th> tag)
  • Tables used strictly for layout purposes do NOT have header rows or columns
  • Table cells are associated with the appropriate headers (e.g. with the id, headers, scope and/or axis HTML attributes)
  • Make sure the page does not contain repeatedly flashing images
  • Check to make sure the page does not contain a strobe effect
  • A link is provided to a disability-accessible page where the plug-in can be downloaded
  • All Java applets, scripts and plug-ins (including Acrobat PDF files, DOC files and PowerPoint files, etc.) and the content within them are accessible to assistive technologies, or else an alternative means of accessing equivalent content is provided
  • When form controls are text input fields use the LABEL element
  • When text is not available use the title attribute
  • Include any special instructions within field labels
  • Make sure that form fields are in a logical tab order
  • Include a ‘Skip Navigation’ button to help those using text readers
Trial Runs performed: Americans with Disabilities Compliance Plans One Time: We perform a one time scan of your site and provide a detailed report on areas of your site that need assistance.   Our basic charge is $200/page to bring into compliance. Guaranteed Compliance:  You must complete the One Time plan to bring the site into compliance.  Once into compliance, we monitor the site, wordpress framework, plugins, and media to continually ensure compliance.  We also monitor your website weekly and provide monthly reports on the sites compliance. One Time                  Guaranteed Compliance $525 /one Time.         $625-825/month plus per page cost       One Time Service Required **Prices do not include website development. Prices only include work done on existing WordPress websites. New website development will be a separate cost and will include an ADA Compliant Website. Call for pricing/quote. A monthly fee will still incur if elected to keep your website in compliance.

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