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Website Accessibility Regulations Coming Soon - Are You Prepared?

A recent Wall Street Journal article, “Disabled Sue Over Web Shopping,” has raised awareness of an increasing number of law suits filed over website accessibility. 

A number of companies have worked with the National Federation for the Blind (NFB) to web-enable their sites for the disabled, including eBay, Monster.com, and Ticketmaster.

While there is no current legal obligation, the U.S. Government is poised to put forth new regulations on website accessibility later this year that could comprehensively alter the landscape. Companies would then “face a considerable burden in ensuring their websites are compatible with the latest technologies for aiding the disabled, such as software that reads aloud text on the screen.” According to the article, these changes would include:

  • Spoken descriptions of photos and text boxes for the blind

  • Captions and transcriptions of multimedia features for the deaf

  • The ability to navigate websites without a mouse

  • The use of plain language and strong design to aid the cognitive and intellectually disabled

Yet, the changes might be even more far-reaching than stated above. As stated in the abstract provided by the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0:

Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 covers a wide range of recommendations for making Web content more accessible. Following these guidelines will make content accessible to a wider range of people with disabilities, including blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, learning disabilities, cognitive limitations, limited movement, speech disabilities, photosensitivity and combinations of these. Following these guidelines will also often make your Web content more usable to users in general.

So, what should you do with your own site? Rather than waiting to be forced to make accessibility changes, in a rush and at significant expense, consider how accessible your site is right now. As the American Foundation for the Blind says, “The same good techniques that make web pages accessible to those of us who use access technology benefit users of other devices as well. For example, people with slower Internet connections and those using devices such as cell phones or tablets that have smaller screens.”

Not sure where to start? iMedia provides a service to scan your site and provide a review by our expert technical staff. We’ll provide you with a detailed report along with what you’ll need to remediate. And best of all, we provide this service free of charge!

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