The future, and the law, are on the side of websites compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADA Accessible websites are able to be used by people with blindness and low vision, deafness and hearing loss, limited movement, neurological disabilities, and more.
In most cases, the design, look, and feel of your website is not limited by being ADA compliant, there is simply an added layer of functionality that make it easy for individuals with disabilities to use the site. This includes special consideration of the way the navigation menu works, how responsive the site is to different devices, and how buttons, images, and icons are used, as well as contrast and readability.
Now, businesses deploying new ADA compliant websites can write off up to $5,000 with one simple IRS Tax Credit. Read the article in Forbes. If you’ve been considering a new website, why not get one now and claim the tax credit. (You can write off half of the cost of a new website, up to $5,000.)
Local and state government websites clearly must be accessible under Title II of the ADA and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
The Department of Justice (DOJ) has decided that the ADA applies to all publicly accessible websites by companies that qualify as “places of public accommodation.” So, if you have a brick-and-mortar business that must be ADA compliant, it’s highly likely your website must be too.
For businesses, though, enforcement is a matter of civil litigation. While no government agency is going to levy a fine against your business, you can be sued for not having an ADA compliant website. This is because whether your business’s specific website needs to be accessible has been left up to the interpretation of the law by state courts.
If you are sued, and lose in court, your liability is likely to include, at a minimum, all court costs and you’ll have to get an ADA accessible website anyway.
We encourage you to check with your Accountant or Tax Advisor and look into the Tax Credit available for ADA compliant websites. If you were considering a new website anyway, make it accessible and write off up to half the cost. That’s a great deal, and it helps the disabled community.
At Chroma Studios, we are an award-winning web development agency. Our designs are one of a kind and are designed specifically with your brand and your audience in mind. User interface is our specialty, and we pride ourselves in building user friendly websites that are intuitive to use and easy to navigate.
We would be honored to help your business create an ADA accessible online presence, while improving the look and feel of your brand.
Give Chroma a call at 724-523-3001, or Contact Us today. We’re ready to help you design a new ADA compliant website.