According to ADA, the American Disabilities Act, websites are not exempt from following specific guidelines to accommodate disabled or impaired individuals. Similar to how a building must be up to code so everyone can access it, a website must also be easily accessible to all.
Recent action has been taken against dentistry practices who are innocently unaware of the guidelines they are not following. The reason we are seeing more lawsuits aimed at dentists is because they are easy targets for law firms searching for ADA compliant websites. With little capital to help fight potential lawsuits many will just settle. It’s important to keep in mind that any website older than two or three years isn't likely to be compliant with ADA guidelines because technology has evolved at such a rapid pace. Another thing to consider is that being ADA compliant isn’t a one-and-done deal; websites will need recurrent maintenance to stay up to date on the newest technology and guidelines.
So what makes a website non-compliant and what are the steps to become ADA compliant? Click below to download our eBook, 5 Steps to Ensure an ADA Compliant Website.