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Why 508 Accessibility and ADA Compliance?

November 2017

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was first passed in 1990. It prohibits discrimination and guarantees that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services. "At that time the ADA broadly protected the rights of individuals with disabilities in employment, access to State and local government services, places of public accommodation, transportation, and other important areas of American life." (1)

Since that time, the law has changed. Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, revised in 2016, pertains to private sector businesses. With that, the legal precedent has been changing, and ADA compliance related lawsuits against public companies/organizations are becoming more successful, and the courts are seeing more of them as a result. Lately, those protections are expanding into digital territory as web and mobile applications become more necessary in our daily lives.

During the past several years, Sequel Design has been offering solutions in accordance with ADA standards and W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, Level AA, Section 508. We aim to eliminate barriers, provide equal access, and enhance the user experience for everyone, in the most effective, expedient, and economical manner.

Our work covers accessibility to users on a laptop or desktop, but also on tablets and mobile phones. We identify compliance issues, perform site audit checks against WCAG 2.0 standards, and remediate fixes.

Web accessibility overlaps other best practices which include mobile and responsive web design, usability, design for older users, and search engine optimization (SEO). Websites that are accessible have better search results and increased audience/traffic.

Contact Sequel Design today and see how we can help move your website to reasonably conform to 508 Compliance and the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0. Level A and Level AA Success Criteria ("WCAG 2.0").

See more about: Overarching Rules for ADA Compliance


(1) ADA.gov: United States Department of Justice Civil Rights Division - https://www.ada.gov/access-technology/regulations.html


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