We Believe in knowing the fundamentals of web accessibility:
- Recognize exclusion.
- Learn from our human diversity.
- Extend that knowledge we have learned to create web accessibility from 1 person too many people.
We also believe if we approach these opportunities with this mindset, we will be able to better solve the growing problem we recognize as WP developers. That is, to make WordPress software and websites accessible to all people who need it to effectively navigate the internet.
[WordPress is currently running 30% of the internet]
That means a huge percentage of the world can be positively affected or negatively affected depending on how WP developers like us and companies like yours move forward with this very important task. If we all do our part, we will be able to make a difference!
ADA Section 508 Standards For Website Design, What It Means
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards was published by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in September 2010. The Compliance Standards are stipulated in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. These standards state that all electronic and information technology to be made accessible to people with disabilities.
508 compliance requires all entities with “places of public accommodation” to provide website and app accessibility to people with disabilities. When all the federal sites comply with these regulations, they become not only accessible to all users but also become compatible with assistive technology, such as screen readers.
You can find the actual Section 508 recommendations if you follow the link for the United States Access Board.
Who needs to be section 508 compliant
All government institutions who have a website or any software. Also, any vendors who deal directly with the federal government. Those companies are required to comply with section 508 guidelines and website accessibility standards as stipulated by ADA. They are stressing that, although not required by the act, any business owner that would significantly benefit from 508 compliant sites be proactive and meet the guidelines before they actually become law.
WordPress ADA Compliance
Even if your site is purely consumer-based and 508 compliance is not a requirement for you, you can reach out to all your potential customers by creating an ADA section 508 compliant WordPress website. The people with disabilities make up a large number of consumers and is an underserved portion of our community. There are over 213 million people with some sort of Vison disability.
This is a potentially huge customer base with very low competition because there are not many businesses that are providing a website or service that is inclusive of this customer base. SO be on the forefront of this movement. We hate to refer to the disabled community as a potential customer base. But we believe that this is the language that business owners speak and we want to get this message out to as many people as possible.
Even if you do not use our services we still would love to talk to you and explain how important web accessibility is to so many people. We want to plant the side of web accessibility in as many business owners or anybody who has anything to do with building websites and software.
ADA Section 508 Standards For Website Design
You can have the most beautiful site with the best pictures and animation. You could have spent $10.000 on your new site selling your amazing product to the world. But to a person with a disability like Low-Vision, it looks like a black screen. The Low-Vision community will not be able to navigate or see any of your beautiful pictures or animation. So it is very important to design your website or software not only for the average person but also the 100’s of millions of people with a disability.
We believe that it is our responsibility as web developers and software developers to create with the inclusive mindset, not an exclusive mindset. I’m 100% sure that developers do not create websites or software with an exclusive mindset but that does not mean that the end product is always accessible to users with disabilities.
Many times the end result is a beautiful website the 90% of the world can use and be completely satisfied with the user experience. This makes it harder to recognize that there is still 10% of the world that can not use your website or software. These users at best feel like the user experience left something to be desired. A lot of these users can not use your amazing website or software at all.
Web Accessibility And Your Google SEO
In our opinion, we feel Google will start to favor sites that are Section 508 compliant. Not that they will start to penalize you if you do not comply with section 508. We think that they will give just a little bit of faver to the website that is ADA compliant. So if your business relies on your Google SEO rankings to generate business.
Then you should really think about becoming section 508 compliant. At the very least start doing some research and start paying attention to what Google says about some updates that are coming. Remember kids, Knowledge is half the battle!
How To Comply With The ADA Section 508 Guidelines For Your WordPress Website Design
As a business operator, you need to hire professionals who can efficiently create or check your WordPress website for ADA compliance. At our company, you will be served by experienced and certified professionals who can identify all of your risks for liability and clearly define cost-effective solutions for meeting ADA requirements. Here are a few different ways on how we will help you become ADA Section 508 compliant with your WordPress websites:
1. WordPress ADA Section 508 Compliant Website Design Services
Our web development agency strives to provide lasting 508 Compliance website design solutions for the government, federal vendors, non-profit organizations, small businesses as well as the private sector. Our services are aimed at creating a platform that adheres to the rules and regulations of the Disability Act. Ones that will last for a long time. Because we don’t just do the very basics to bring your website into compliance.
We go beyond that and make a compliant site that is very accessible to the 100’s of millions of people with disabilities. So you will be in compliance for years to come
Web Accessibility Compliance Consultants
We have a team that is qualified in web design and well versed with all aspects of all current CMS’s (Content Management System) like WordPress. Also, we have expert web accessibility consultants with WordPress development backgrounds with years of technical insight required when creating or testing Section 508-compliant web-based content.
So don’t let just any company go through your website and try to tell you whether you are compliant or not. Let our industry leaders in web accessibility help you become Section 508 compliant. We will go through your site and give you a report on where exactly your WordPress website or WordPress software needs improvement to become compliant.
2. Knowledgeable Staff in Matters of WordPress ADA Compliance Software and Development
For you to establish or develop a 508-compliant website, you need to have a precise understanding of the accessibility provisions and the experience to translate the raw data into technical solutions. Our staff is well informed on how the disabled people interact with IT and also well versed with the provisions within the Section 508 legislation.
Equipped with such resources, we will not only establish a website that is friendly to all users but also design a platform that is easily compatible with future developments.
We have already created many WordPress ADA Compliant websites for Government Agencies. Along with many Custom WordPress Software specifically for ADA Section 508 Compliance. We are the local authority on this subject.
We also give talks about web accessibility and Section 508 to local groups in the area like the Tampa Bay WordPress meetups in our home town of St. Petersburg Fl
3. We Help You Avoid Costly ADA 508 Accessibility Lawsuits
With the increase in lawsuits targeting government businesses, you need to identify a one-stop expert. A WordPress developer who is well versed with disability rights and laws. This includes technology accessibility that includes WordPress websites and Custome WordPress Software. Failing to adhere to the ADA standards or other disability rights laws puts any business at the risk of hefty fines.
The lawsuits are starting, they have started to systematically target Government agencies that are eager to settle or can afford the lawyer fees. With our ADA consultants, you will be guided on what precautions to take and the measures to instill in your website to stay safe from unnecessary court fines. Because the lawyers have begun their assault. Be prepared by avoiding them altogether.
4. Web Content Audit for WordPress 508 Compliance
We will assess all of your images and digital information or any other media file within your website to make certain that your WordPress website contains web accessible content that is ADA section 508 compliant. Besides that, we will verify that all the site visitors have the ability to make orders or shopping and complete online forms successfully according to section 508. This includes making sure that all PDF files are ADA compliant.
We want to find the best solution for you that fits all of your needs. We might be able to implement some of our custom WordPress software that is being used by many sites already. We could decide to use a slave site with our custom software that mirrors the content of your original site. The point is that there a lot of options for all the many needs you may have. Lets us at least take a look at your site and then we can give you a detailed idea of how we can help you become ADA section 508 compliant.