What is web accessibility?
Web accessibility is a set of rules, behaviors, code standards and design guidelines, that are meant to allow people with disabilities, which comprise 20% of the world’s population, to effectively use websites. To achieve this, the W3C (The World Wide Web Consortium) has created the “Web Content Accessibility Guidelines” 2.1 (WCAG 2.1), which are meant to explain and guide developers on how to make websites accessible.
These guidelines have been adopted by governments around the world and are now a part of various legislations, such as the ADA, Section 508, EN 301549, and others. Businesses with websites that are not WCAG compliant are at risk of costly web accessibility lawsuits. Read on to learn why and how.
Further reading: How to prevent a web accessibility lawsuit
Does my website need to be compliant?
Yes! If you have a website, it should be accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities.
This goes beyond simply providing your products and services to everyone; there is a steadily growing list of lawsuits filed against businesses for websites that are not compatible with web accessibility standards. Due to state tax laws, California is the most popular state to see these lawsuits — accounting for over half of the total lawsuits nationwide and more than the other 49 states combined.
Any member of the public is well within their rights to use the accessibility legislation that exists as part of the ADA to argue that their needs are not being met by a company or public organization. Additionally, law firms are becoming increasingly efficient at targeting small businesses, since in 2012 accessibility compliance became a requirement for SMBs.
Not only is designing your website to be accessibility compliant a must, it’s something you should want to do. Doing so makes your website more profitable and brings in new business. If other competing websites aren’t accessible, and yours is, then you’re where they will go.
265,000 website accessibility demand letters were sent in 2020.
Settlements range from $20,000 to $100,000 and average around $35,000.
CA state tax codes entitle victorious plaintiffs 3X the actual damages.
Nearly 50% of US lawsuits filed in 2020 were by just five law firms.
Our web accessibility compliance service protects you
Through leveraging a technology partnership with accessiBe, Xobee’s web accessibility compliance service is the only solution that ensures full accessibility compliance at any given time, even on websites with daily updates.
We can add our tool to most website platforms including WordPress, Wix, Joomla, Shopify and more – Even if we didn’t build it!
Want to see it in action? Click the red accessibility icon in the lower-left corner of your screen!
Web Accessibility Compliance
- For websites with less than 50 pages
- Daily Compliance Checks
- Meets ADA Title III, WCAG 2.1, Section 508, EN 301549 and IS 5568
- Desktop and Mobile Friendly Interface
- Quick Setup Turnaround
- Accessibility Statement & Certificate
- Compatible with WordPress, Wix, Joomla, Shopify and more
One fixed annual price – Simple
We make pricing for web accessibility compliance simple – One fixed annual cost per website. No long-term contracts. Our solution is the best available – It meets legislation requirements with a certificate of compliance and includes automatic daily re-remediation.
Ensure your website is compliant and your business is protected in as little as 24 hours. Protect yourself from costly lawsuits and give us a call today!
Tax kickbacks – For SMBs & Non-profits
50% of your eligible expenditures can be covered by a tax credit in a single year. Claiming this credit covers all costs sustained from alterations and barrier removal. From the preceding tax year alone, small businesses had gross receipts that totaled $1 million or less, or if they did not exceed 30 full-time employees in the preceding tax year.
To learn more about what tax credits your small business or non-profit qualifies for give us a call today! Download the IRS tax form here.
Web Accessibility for the blind
Our tool’s artificial intelligence technology makes websites compatible with screen readers. It knows how to scan, analyze, and understand a website’s structure, element roles, forms and more, making them all compliant with the WCAG 2.1 accessibility standards.
Additionally, our tool’s AI provides accurate alternative text descriptions to images (Alt tags) for the screen readers of visually impaired people.
Web Accessibility for the Motor Impaired
Our tool automatically ensures that a website is fully navigable using the TAB key alone, including dropdown menus, popups, and forms. This assists those who suffer from Parkinson’s, amputees, or other impairments preventing use of a mouse effectively.
Web Accessibility for the Elderly and People with Cognitive Impairment
Elderly people, people suffering from cognitive impairments, and those who have had brain strokes may find it hard to comprehend sophisticated language, slang, or specific phrases or expressions. This can make it difficult for them to explore your website effectively. Our service offers a built-in dictionary that quickly provides a full description of abbreviations and expressions, without transferring to an external website or rephrasing the content itself.
Web Accessibility for People with Epilepsy
Users who suffer from epilepsy cannot be exposed to lights and animations that blink or flicker. This creates a constant fear of using the internet, as many websites today have flashing banners and advertisement elements meant to grab attention. Our service allows users with epilepsy to immediately stop all types of animations (including but not limited to videos, GIFs, CSS or JS) with a single click, allowing them to browse the web at ease, with no fear.
Web Accessibility for People with Visual Impairments
Users who suffer from visual impairments, such as color blindness, glaucoma, and cataracts, cannot enjoy websites and their content to the fullest. Our service allows visually impaired people to adjust almost any aspect of a website to their needs. It can increase or decrease font sizes, add or remove spacing between words, letters, or rows, change the font entirely, or even change colors and contrast.
Protect your business by calling us today
Our Web Design & Programming team is ready to answer your questions. Give us a call!
*Prices may vary depending on complexity of website content and features – Contact us for a free consultation.
Click here to view the Web Accessibility Compliance SLA