American with Disabilities Act
Like restaurants and most public places, they are required to have easy access to people with disabilities. Your website needs to adhere to that compliance as well. That’s according to the Americans with Disabilities Act.
In 2021, the number of web-related lawsuits in the U.S. saw a 320% increase over the past few years; the average settlement costs around $30,000. An accessible website could save you time and money that would be spent settling a potential lawsuit.
Though there is an added cost to having a compliant website, there are also a benefits to your business.
ADA Compliance allows Tax Benefits
If you add the widget to your website, there are tax credits you can take advantage of.
When your website is ADA Compliant it opens a new market for your business
Over 1 billion people worldwide, including 46% of people aged 60 years and older, have disabilities. To address this issue, the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) Foundation recently published an issue brief highlighting the critical role of web accessibility in health information access, understanding, and use.
We’re Partnering with AccesiBe
Making your website accessible can also increase your audience reach to include people with disabilities, leading to better customer loyalty as your brand becomes more inclusive. Additionally, an accessible website can improve your SEO, potentially increasing your business’s traffic and revenue.
Considering these benefits, I’ve done extensive research and have partnered with AccessiBe, which I believe is the best option for website compliance. It’s $49 per month or save and pay $490 annually paid to them directly and we charge a small fee for installation.
- Easy navigation for those who can’t use a cursor
- Automatically adjusts everything from the color contrast to the size of your photos and the size of your font;
- Uses image recognition to provide alternative text for your images to help the visually impaired understand what’s there
- It can even pause videos or flashing sequences for people with epilepsy
The widget rescans your website every 24 hours and uses artificial intelligence to make updates as needed to make sure all the content on your website is accessible to as many people as possible.