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ADA-WCAG Compliance

April 24th, 2021

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Title III of the ADA requires that owners, lessors, or operators of a “place of public accommodation” provide equal access to users who meet ADA standards for disability. U.S. courts have recently begun to rule that commercial websites DO qualify as places of public accommodation and thus are subject to ADA rules.1

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) has, in recent years, required that “certain” businesses provide disability accommodations on their websites as well as in their brick and mortar establishments. Based on this requirement, in 2020 Small Details began adding accessibility tools for those with sight and hearing-related disabilities. In addition, we put more focus on color contrast, image and “alt tags” throughout our websites and posted special notices (“Accessibility Statements”) to inform the public that we are sensitive to their needs.

Going forward we are aware that ADA-WCAG Compliance is never quite complete on a website. Guidelines change, site functionality changes, due to plugin updates and upgrades. For these reasons we pledge to continue efforts to develop websites that will be part of the solution rather than part of the problem.

For more information:

  • Accessibility for Digital Businesses: How Your Company Can Be a Leader
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1
  • Accessible Rich Internet Applications (WAI-ARIA) 1.1

1. ADA Compliance. “Websites May Be Places of Public Accommodation Subject to the ADA,” American Bar Association