ADA Laws Require Websites to Be Accessible for the Blind

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Be Accessible Inc. provides a 3-step solution to make websites ADA compliant

It is estimated that as many as 10 million Americans are blind or visually impaired, of which 5.5 million are seniors - National Federation of the Blind

Most companies are not aware that their websites are not ADA compliant, or easily accessible to the visually impaired. Website ADA standards are complex and at times, subjective. Unfortunately, many companies today have learned about accessibility requirements by being contacted by advocacy groups or law firms for non-conformance and remediation efforts.

Be Accessible Inc., an accessibility company based in Los Angeles, supports companies that need to engage the broadest circle of people. Their mission is to help them reach a level of web accessibility that will benefit their image, sales, and the lives of the visually impaired who are interested in their products or services. They believe online services can be open to all and empower those with disabilities. ADA laws and standards, such as the WCAG 2.0 and Section 508, increasingly apply to websites, treating them as places of public accommodation--that must be inclusive to those with visual, hearing, and motor disabilities. More than 1,000 web accessibility lawsuits were filed in 2017.

Be Accessible Inc. uses a 3-step solution that doesn’t just provide a list of accessibility errors addressing things like bad color contrast or lack of alternative image text, but also develop a roadmap to fixing them. They're adept in working with developers or executives, technical or non-technical staff. Moreover, they use a combination of automated tools and their own experienced auditors to inspect the website. They then coordinate a group of visually impaired usability testers who navigate the site while giving honest feedback. Besides the web audit and recommended fixes, they also provide ways to avoid future ADA issues, information on present legal exposure, training on disability awareness at work, and most importantly, a face-to-face relationship with each client. Visit their website at https://www.beaccessible.com for more information.

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