What does it mean to be digitally accessible?

The Americans with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) was signed into law in 1990 and prohibits discrimination “on the basis of disability in the full and equal enjoyment of the goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations” offered by businesses. To avoid illegal descrimination, a website must be designed to be accessible through and compatible with electronic screen reader technology commonly used by blind and visually impaired persons.

What does having a 'accesible' website mean? An accessible website must comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. In 2018 the Department of Justice (DOJ) will propose revisions to the ADA. Although these are not formal regulation, the DOJ and plaintiff law firms will still initiate litigation and we have seen multiple courts that have found that ADA applies to websites.

1 in 5 Americans have a disability and 71% of internet users with a disability will simply leave a website that is not accessible. Users with disabilities include hearing, vision, cognitive and physical impairments.

With Accessible360 joining us and presentating at our convention this year, you will have the opportunity to learn why digital accessibility is highly important in the future of eCommerce.

Accessible360 has set a clear road map for your path to digital accessibility (A360) which is outlined below.

Assess Your Environment

Thoroughly scope your needs, provide a thorough, live, disabled-user audit of your existing digital assets, and design reviews of new projects in development saving you time and money up front.

Enable Accessible Processes

Support your development & remediation efforts through our convenient help desk, train your staff using WCAG 2.0 AA and work with your organization to build a long-term plan for success.

Stay Accessible & Compliant

Verify your digital assets prior to launch using our Quality Assurance testing, monitor your environment for changes alerting you to possible problems, and integrate our findings into your business.

Watch this short video and learn more from Accessible360 and how they can help you make your website digitally accessible.

Vortx is committed and in the process of preparing v10 for accessible certification