ADA, WCAG 2.1 & Section 508 Compliance


Making your site accessible is now critical.

ADA Accessible Websites are a requirement today.

Accessibility focuses on how a disabled person accesses or benefits from a site, system or application. Accessibility is an integral part to the design of your site, and should be considered throughout the development process. Section 508 is the governing principle and it requires that all government information be accessible to disabled users.?

Implementing Accessibility

Accessible sites present information through multiple sensory channels, such as sound and sight, and they allow for additional means of site navigation and interactivity beyond the typical point-and-click-interface: keyboard-based control and voice-based navigation. The combination of a multi-sensory approach and a multi-interactivity approach allows disabled users to access the same information as non-disabled users.

ADA Accessible Websites Are a Requirement Today.

When creating digital content, make sure to consider the following:

  • Do not rely on color as a navigational tool or as the sole way to differentiate items
  • Images should include?Alt text?in the markup/code; complex images should have more extensive descriptions near the image (perhaps as a caption or descriptive summaries built right into a neighboring paragraph)
  • Functionality should be accessible through mouse and keyboard and be tagged to worked with voice-control systems
  • Provide transcripts for podcasts
  • If you have a video on your site, you must provide visual access to the audio information through in-sync captioning
  • Sites should have a skip navigation feature

Web Accessibility for the Motor Impaired

Web Accessibility for the Motor Impaired: Optimization for keyboard navigation used by people with Parkinson's disease and other motor impairments
People who suffer from Parkinson's, amputees, or other impairments are unable to use a mouse effectively. They use computers with their keyboards only while utilizing a selected number of keys.

The aha! solution automatically ensures that a website is fully navigable using the TAB key alone, including drop-down menus, popups, and forms. Moreover, all navigable elements are given visible focuses and are clickable using ENTER.

The aha! Accessibility Solution that Ensures Ongoing Compliance

Many sites that are built to be accessible lose their level of compliance as soon as the first update is implemented. After just one year, entire sections of the site become non-compliant.

This happens as software on your site is updated for feature enhancements, bug fixes,? and security updates. These changes and additions do not undergo accessibility adjustments, which, in turn, create “accessibility gaps” on the site.

As an example, WordPress updates happen usually twice a month on average, and the plugins that are used to add functionality to the site are also regularly updated. The more updates that occur, the more gaps the website has. This results in the site becoming non-compliant in about 6 -12 months. With aha! Accessibility, this is not a concern, as the site is rescanned every 24-hours.?

We see this happen every day on websites that have paid thousands of dollars to be compliant, and because our clients hold us responsible, we needed to find a way to address the issue. As a result we did not frequently offer ADA compliance unless specifically requested by a client.

We have worked to provide a solution doesn't need a us to audit and analyze the website constantly, that cost would become prohibitive. So, we now offer a solution that? uses artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies to do exactly that.

These technologies, scan, analyze, and decipher your website every 48 hours, thereby assuring you that your site is compliant and accessible at all times, regardless of any updates you may post, or that we may make to the WordPress software used to build your site.

What Are The Costs?

We recently visited the site of an industry leader in ADA compliance to see what the cost of going through a website , making if ADA compliant, and then updating the site. We based this on a relatively simple site, similar to our site, we told the it was a content only site with just 25 pages, and assuming a monthly blog and monthly software updates. They wanted $14,163 to audit the site and document the issues.? another $25,423 to Plan, Fix and Verify, and then another $17,093 a year to maintain the compliance for updates.? So the total damage would be over $56,679 the first year and then $17,000 each year moving forward. I would rather be sued than spend that kind of money.

Because aha! Accessibility utilizes Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to achieve the same result, and can do so in days, not weeks or even months. For this same website, our solution would be under $1,000 the first year and about half each consecutive year.?

But Will It Work On My Website?

First of all, it is important to understand - the aha! Accessibility system can fully operate on any site, in any system, and even without any system at all. Our system works on the client side and is not dependent on the server or the server-side language on which your site is built on.

Our solution has been installed in many different systems, which are built in different server languages such as NET, Java, Python, NODE.JS, and PHP of course. Some of the systems it works oninude the obvious ones like; WordPress, Joomla, Wix, Magento, and other popular site: .NET Nuke, Umbraco, Drupal, Webflow, Weebly, Instapage, PrestaShop, SquareSpace, Blogger, Volution , BigCommerce, Confluence, dotCMS, DJANGO, Plone, Ghost (node.js) and many others.

As you might understand by now, there is no connection between the system on which the site is built on, to whether AccessiBe will work on the site or not.