ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliance is one term used to describe making a website accessible to all. You may also seen this described as WCAG 2 which relates to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines issued by the World Wide Web Consortium to which accessibility is normally measured against. This article on the ada.gov website will give you an overview.
Not only is having an ADA compliant the right thing to do – it avoids lawsuits. We wrote a blog post about this if you would like to read more about this, or just do a web search for “ADA compliance lawsuits” where you will find plenty or results.
Nerd Crossing builds ADA compliant websites, but once we hand them over to you it is important to remember that the smallest of changes to you website can result in it becoming non-compliant.
When we make changes we check them using the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tools and we recommend you do them same. You can install a browser extension to check and page with a single click or enter your url on their website for an online check. Keep in mind that the checks and results are automated and are not guaranteed to be 100% accurate but are a useful guide and may highlight issues you do not immediately notice.
We have some pages outlining some common areas to be careful with: