When it comes to understanding website accessibility compliance, the law can be confusing, but AudioEye is here to help. Learn about website accessibility compliance standards, the ADA’s regulations on website accessibility, and how AudioEye’s website accessibility software provides fast, secure, sustainable solutions to keep you on the path of compliance and certification while offering superior user experiences.

Why Does ADA Compliance Matter?

Digital accessibility means creating and maintaining a barrier-free digital experience so that individuals of all abilities can access—and interact with—online information. Think about digital accessibility the same way you think of accessibility in the physical world. If a building isn’t designed for someone using an assistive device, like a wheelchair, that person is blocked from moving around that building. Similarly, if a website is not designed to work with an assistive technology, like a screen reader, that individual is blocked from moving around that website.

In our world today, the inability to navigate the internet is debilitating. Web and mobile channels are fast becoming the primary route to a wide range of important services: buying groceries; consuming entertainment; paying bills, and even socializing. Especially given recent global events, students are now often dependent on online access to attend classes. And if your digital services aren’t accessible to everyone, you are effectively shutting out up to 61 million people, that is, the one in four U.S. adults living with a disability.

There are many reasons to ensure equality of access to digital services, even setting aside the most important one: digital accessibility is simply the right thing to do from an ethical perspective. Everyone deserves equal access to online information. But digital accessibility should also be a top priority from the compliance standpoint, as accommodating people with disabilities is strongly protected by law and legal precedence. Ready to prioritize your digital accessibility?

Legal Risks of Non-Compliance

If a website is not accessible, companies risk an expensive, time-consuming lawsuit that can also significantly damage their brand. Over the years, we’ve seen an exponential rise in the number of digital accessibility cases filed in U.S. Federal Courts, with plaintiffs claiming ADA Title III violations.

In 2017, there were 815 cases, and that number jumped to more than 2,200 by 2019.

The pace continued in 2020 with 2,164 lawsuits through November, many of them reaching new markets and new industries.

Unfortunately, businesses often don’t learn about ADA web compliance until they are served a lawsuit or legal demand letter. That’s why it’s critical to understand how Title III of the ADA is interpreted to apply to website accessibility and take proactive steps to demonstrate compliance in order to avoid legal action. AudioEye not only provides ADA-compliant website software to get your digital content compliant, but we also certify compliance, vouching for companies who may be facing legal action.

Benefits of ADA Compliance

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), individuals with disabilities make up 26 percent of the U.S. adult population and one billion people worldwide. Ensuring equal access to websites for these individuals not only satisfies ADA web compliance, but also brings great benefits.

In fact, a U.S. Department of Labor study reported that individuals with disabilities represent “more than $200 billion in discretionary spending.”

Benefits of ADA Compliance:

  • Reduce your legal risk of an ADA-related lawsuit
  • Improve your search optimization
  • Improve your overall user experience

  • Position your brand as one that values inclusivity

  • Reach a larger consumer audience representing billions in spending power

How AudioEye’s Accessibility Can Help

At AudioEye, we recognize the benefits of artificial intelligence, but also understand that technology alone can’t deliver compliance. As the current version of the WCAG level AA guidelines demand, our plans combine both technology and team—we fuse our patented AI with the expertise of our team of accessibility experts who are International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP) and Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) certified. Between our team of experts, web accessibility evaluation tools, live and ongoing monitoring, QA evaluation, and manual auditing, we certify and help you on your journey to ADA compliance.

In addition to testing, AudioEye provides:

  • Accurate reporting to understand your website’s issues and fix them
  • Remediation of common WCAG accessibility errors through patented algorithms and help from AudioEye’s team of certified experts
  • Continuous monitoring of your website for changes and new issues that may arise

AudioEye’s AI-powered ADA compliance software and team of subject matter experts makes our digital accessibility hybrid approach the most comprehensive, sustainable solution for certifying ADA compliance and ensuring legal protection, offering everyone accessible, compliant websites.

Begin your journey toward ADA compliance