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June 7, 2021
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How to Make any Website ADA Compliant in 3 Easy Steps

Unlike other compliance and regulatory issues, Making your website accessible and ADA compliant is probably the one you’ll relate to the most.

In this step-by-step guide, we will briefly explain the importance of ADA compliance, the role that web accessibility plays in day-to-day life, and why you should care. We will also show you how easy it actually is to make your site ADA compliant.

We will discuss:

  1. Web accessibility audit - Why is it important?
  2. Step 1 - Audit your website
  3. Step 2 - Review the report
  4. Step 3 - Correct any accessibility issues
  5. Moving Forward with ADA Compliance

The Importance of Web Accessibility & Auditing Your Website

Web accessibility standards and regulations were put in place to ensure that everyone has equal access to the web, regardless of ability. Most of today’s global disability acts incorporate the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

What do these guidlines highlight?

These guidelines highlight what website owners need to focus on and change to ensure their websites are accessible to users living with disabilities. 

Should your website not meet these requirements, you could be the next recipient of a costly demand letter or be involved in a brand-damaging ADA lawsuit.

Step 1 – Audit your website

Before you can start making your website ADA compliant, it’s important to understand what needs to be fixed – this is where a website audit comes in. Fortunately, you can use this free tool on Accessibility Checker to scan your website.

Simply enter your site’s URL and the country you operate in before clicking Check Website.

Step 2 – Review the report

After scanning your website, you will receive a detailed report. This report will give you an accessibility score and outline the issues that were detected on your site. 

These scans give you the full picture of how well your site is meeting web accessibility requirements.

An example of an issue that a website audit might pick up is incorrect color contrast. Most other website auditing tools will produce a result that looks like this: 

Unfortunately, this won’t give you all the information you need to fully understand the issue, let alone fix it – this isn’t the case with Accessibility Checker. We ensure that even beginners understand the problem and the steps they need to take to correct it. 

Step 3 – Correct any accessibility issues

Now that you know where your site is going wrong, you can start fixing the issues – you may need assistance from your developers and content writers for this part though. 

However, if you don’t have a team to assist you or the time to fix the issues yourself, there is an automated solution you can turn to.

Moving Forward with ADA Compliance

There are several upbeat accessibility solution providers available that help you ensure your website is ADA compliant. Our top recommendation is accessiBe. This tool uses machine learning to scan, analyze, and interpret every element on a page in the same way a human would. The system then automatically fixes accessibility issues using ARIA (Accessible Rich Internet Applications) attributes and various behavior adjustments.

accessiBe- Our top recommendation
  • WCAG
  • ADA
  • AODA
  • Section 508 Compliant

accessiBe is one of the most talked-about web accessibility tools available today. It helps take a lot of the manual work out of becoming ADA compliant by making it quicker and easier to identify web accessibility issues on your site.

Pros

  • Simple, affordable, effortless, and compliant worldwide
  • 7-day free trial
  • Account managers available to guide you through the product, pricing, and any questions you may have
  • Fast turnaround with a 5 min installation, and 48-hour compliance process

Cons

  • Built specifically for websites and small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs)- some web apps might not be compatible

Existing Clients

Want to learn more?

We highly recommend reading our article about ‘2022’s Best Automated Website Accessibility Solutions‘.

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