Avoid ADA Lawsuits without Wasting Resources
LOSS.CONTROL ebook can save you thousands of dollars in legal fees.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) became law in 1990. The ADA is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination against individuals with disabilities.
ADA compliance is short for the Americans with Disabilities Act Standards for Accessible Design. What that means is that all websites must be accessible to those with disabilities.
The ADA applies to any business that relies on the general public – or for their benefit. The Department of Justice determined that ADA section 508 applies to digital content.
Many blind people use screen readers to access web content. A screen reader is a type of assistive technology. The content of a page is either converted with a speech synthesizer or braille display.
Any chronic condition limiting body function also qualifies. Cognitive thinking and concentration are bodily functions. The ADA covers chronic stress and anxiety disorders, also.
The ADA gives people with disabilities the right to file lawsuits in Federal court. They can get Federal court orders to stop ADA violations. When sued and you lose the case, you also pay the winning party’s attorney’s fees.
Since 2018, website and mobile app lawsuits are a fifth of all ADA Title III filings. This now exceeds 10,000 lawsuits annually.
The ADA is a civil rights law prohibiting discrimination based on disability. A compliant website is accessible to people browsing the web with assistive devices. If your website is not accessible to people with disabilities, it’s not compliant with the law.
98% of U.S.-based webpages are not accessible to the disability community from a legal perspective.
You could face a lawsuit if a person with a disability claims they cannot access your website. You might incur:
- legal fees
- possible settlement
- potential public relations problems
- the cost of rebuilding your website
In 2020, disabled people filed more than 2,500 lawsuits in federal court against website owners. These lawsuits claimed the websites weren’t accessible to people with disabilities.
ADA requires your site content must be readable by an assistive reader. The code on your site must use standard HTML tags. You should also provide documents in a text-based format at all times, even when you also offer a PDF.
Does a small business website need to be ADA compliant? The answer is definitely yes. Avoid demand letters and lawsuits by making websites accessible for:
- visual impairment
- hearing problems
- cognitive disabilities
One law firm in California filed thousands of ADA lawsuits. They received more than five million dollars from small businesses. They pressured owners to settle for amounts between $10,000 and $20,000. California alone accounted for more than half of all ADA lawsuits filed in 2021.
Google doesn’t use ADA compliance as a signal for ranking web pages.
One way to defend against an ADA complaint suit is to raise the defense that the plaintiff’s claims are moot. A defendant can raise the defense of mootness by remediating the alleged violations.
In PagePipe’s Loss.Control report, we review ADA compliance plugins for WordPress. We examine what web content is at the greatest risk of non-compliance lawsuits. And we give recommendations for solving ADA problems for your WordPress website.
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About the Author
Steve Teare researches WordPress plugin and theme speed techniques and methods. Steve’s most valued super-power is creativity.
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