ADA Compliant Legal Websites
Your legal website should be designed to reach as many clients as possible,
which means it must be accessible to individuals with certain disabilities who
may struggle with accessing content on traditional websites.
Americans with Disabilities Act
Enacted in 1990, the ADA requires that all “places of public accommodation” remove barriers that would limit access for disabled individuals. At the time, the internet was still in its infancy and was not taken into consideration when the law was drafted. To address the impact of the law on digital access, the US Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which seeks to amend the language in Title III of the ADA. The DOJ’s directive intends to “establish requirements for making the goods, services, facilities, privileges, accommodations, or advantages offered by public accommodations via the Internet, specifically at sites on the World Wide Web (Web), accessible to individuals with disabilities.”
Lawsuits Against Web Operators Under the ADA
In the last few years, hundreds of lawsuits have been filed against online retailers and other commercial enterprises over allegedly inaccessible websites. While the DOJ has not provided formal requirements that developers need to consider when creating accessible websites, they have pointed to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as a guide for web developers.
Under WCAG 2.1, website content must be:
Content must be available in multiple forms, and all information must be viewable through text, with distinguishable page elements for visual impairments (e.g., color blindness)
Site can be navigated in multiple ways
Pages must be readable and predictable, and navigation through the site must be consistent
Site is compatible with assistive technologies or can be interpreted with multiple user agents, such as screen readers
Accessible Law Firm Websites
Omnizant offers WCAG 2.1 compliant websites for law firms and legal organizations who wish to broaden the reach of their website’s content.
How Can I Check if My Current Site is ADA Compliant?