August 19, 2022
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a civil rights law that addresses discrimination based on disability. The goal of the act is to provide people who are disabled access to similar opportunities as everyone else.
Digital accessibility refers to the ease in navigating and understanding content on websites, mobile applications, or other electronic-based information that may be available through various platforms such as TVs, laptops, etc. These regulations are in place so that those with disabilities can access websites, online courses, books, sales services, and much more.
ADA Digital Accessibility laws are outlined in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Section 508 is a federal law mandating that all electronic and information technology developed, procured, maintained, or used by the federal government be accessible to people with disabilities. Whether working for the federal government, the private sector, or a nonprofit, 508 Compliance and accessibility best practices should be kept in mind. Beginning your website build with ADA regulations in mind is vastly more efficient than making changes after it is structured. For a complete list of guidelines on how to check your site for accessibility, take a look at this detailed checklist provided by the Department of Health and Human Services.
With current design trends and technology, most of us are already compliant or nearly there. In addition, many content management systems provide accessibility tools to improve your compliance capabilities. For example, both WordPress and Drupal provide tools to help achieve ADA Compliance. Drupal has many helpful modules to include in the development of your site. Similarly, WordPress has plugins that assist you in determining your compliance.
In addition, here are a few ways you can make your site and content more accessible:
Here are a few examples of well built ADA compliant websites:
A number of free sites have been launched that allow you to test your current site for issues.
ANDI (Accessible Name & Description Inspector), developed by the Social Security Administration, is a free open-source bookmarklet, which means that the tool does not require installation as a plugin and can be added to multiple browsers as a bookmark.
Color Contrast Analyzer (CCA), developed by Steve Faulkner and the Paciello Group, is a free open-source tool that displays the contrast ratio for two selected colors. CCA is used to inspect color contrast when contrast cannot be programmatically identified by ANDI.
Having an accessible website is a best practice to follow. Our world is growing increasingly digital every day. Inclusion of those with disabilities in this digital lifestyle gives them access and opens an entirely new network of friends and associates we can all benefit from. Tech Peer can guide you through the process and make sure you have a great site that is accessible to all users. Visit ADA.gov for more information on the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you would like to discuss your site and ADA compliance, shoot us a message today!
August 19, 2022
Every start-up relies on a good idea and a great team. But access to funding can be a matter of life and death for your business. Whether you already have a business or are about to start one, you need to ensure you get funding at the right time. Read on for funding options to give your company the boost it needs.
August 19, 2022
When you think of a logo, what do you think of? Likely one of these comes to mind. Even though the actual company names are not integrated into these designs, many people worldwide recognize these logos and know the brands they represent, even with different colors. But hey, if global recognition isn’t good enough for you, read on.