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A recent lawsuit prompted me to write this post to protect other forum members. Websites need to be ADA complaint to accommodate visually impaired users. Please make sure your website complies with the appropriate regulations to avoid being sued.
 

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Your website should be ADA compliant if you have 15 or more employees and operate 20+ weeks out of the year. If you provide public accommodation, like a bank or hotel, it should also be ADA compliant.

With that said, there is nothing written on what exactly this entails. Just best practices. Basically, alt tags for all files, text transcripts for video and audio, an organized layout, etc.

Basically, the same ways that you make your website accessible to Google or other search engines should also help make it work for those who are blind or deaf. Good SEO practices should cover most of everything but you should do your own due diligence to take it one step further and you'll likely be protected.
 
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Your website should be ADA compliant if you have 15 or more employees and operate 20+ weeks out of the year. If you provide public accommodation, like a bank or hotel, it should also be ADA compliant.

With that said, there is nothing written on what exactly this entails. Just best practices. Basically, alt tags for all files, text transcripts for video and audio, an organized layout, etc.

Basically, the same ways that you make your website accessible to Google or other search engines should also help make it work for those who blind or deaf. Good SEO practices should cover most of everything but you should do your own due diligence to take it one step further and you'll likely be protected.
Yes, I agree do your due diligence. The wording of the ADA compliance laws recently changed to include "all public accommodation" which is a broad term. Unfortunately, our attorney said that this applies to small businesses. Either way if someone sues, you are stuck paying attorney fees or settling for a few thousand out of court :(
I just wanted to spread the word and hopefully help atleast one person avoid this unexpected issue.
 

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Yes, I agree do your due diligence. The wording of the ADA compliance laws recently changed to include "all public accommodation" which is a broad term. Unfortunately, our attorney said that this applies to small businesses. Either way if someone sues, you are stuck paying attorney fees or settling for a few thousand out of court :(
I just wanted to spread the word and hopefully help atleast one person avoid this unexpected issue.
Thanks!
My best friend is a business litigation attorney and he said his firm is defending several of these nuisance issues. The threat is very real. Thanks for raising the warning!
 

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