ada compliance

a free ada accessibility report

Our development team will gladely run a detailed report on your website’s ADA Compliance, which will include a free estimate for ADA services!

This report comes with no strings attached! If you wish to use it to internalize the needed updates, you have our blessing.

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Due to high demand, a full, detailed report may take up to 24 hours.

our clients are breaking barriers in ADA accessibity on their websites

At Ingenuity Media, we’re committed to total accessibility for all website users. That’s why we offer ADA website compliance services to help businesses meet the regulations set forth by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508, and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). These regulations require that websites be accessible to people with disabilities, including those who are visually impaired, hearing impaired, or have mobility impairments.

available tax credits

Businesses may be eligible for a tax credit if they incur expenses related to ADA compliance, including website accessibility improvements!

This tax credit can cover up to 50% of eligible access expenditures over $250, up to a maximum of $10,250 per year. However, to be eligible for this tax credit, businesses must have gross receipts of $1,000,000 or less in the preceding tax year or have had no more than 30 full-time employees during the preceding tax year.

mandates, guidelines, etc.

Although we prefer all of our clients to be ADA Compliant, as it’s excellent for their SEO Strategies and overal accessibity for their customers, WCAG 2.1 and Section 508 of the ADA does give very specific guidelines (in many cases) as to who is mandated to make these updates.

Please consider this list with caution, as there is room for interpretation in regards to who is mandated under Title III, Places of Public Accomodation. It’s also important to remember that we are not lawyers and are providing you with our interpretation of these guidelines.

Government agencies and contractors

ADA Accesibility is required for all government agencies and their contractors, as they meet the following guidelines under Title II, Section A: “State and local governments must provide people with disabilities an equal opportunity to benefit from all of their programs, services, and activities.”

This section also states that this mandate is not waived if “the state or local government is small,” as “they receive money from the federal government” directly or indirectly.

It’s also important to note that these regulations are being enforced due to services like tax collection, permit applications, and attending live streamed public meetings being offered on government websites. The ADA has taken a broader enforcement stance, however, even if your agency doesn’t offer these services.

These regulations were updated March 18, 2022

private businesses / entities

Privately held businesses that are “open to the public” are mandated under Title III to make their websites ADA Compliant. The list of businesses included in this section are as follows:

  • Retail stores and other sales or retail establishments
  • Banks
  • Hotels, inns, and motels
  • Hospitals and medical offices
  • Food and drink establishments
  • Auditoriums, theaters, and sports arenas

This list is not exhaustive and mentioned as “examples of businesses open to the public.” It’s important to remember that, even though these specific businesses are listed, your business, if considered a place open to the public for employement, sales, or both, may be required to be ADA Compliant.

Under the new regulations, no specific employee counts were given to provide exemption, however, the term “open to the public” may provide some fogriveness to smaller operations. This is risky due to it being up to interpretation on whether an online pressence equals “open to the public.”

These regulations were updated March 18, 2022

manufacturing, non-public offices

The Guidance on Web Accessibility and the ADA doesn’t specifically mention employee requirements or specific guidelines for manufacturing and/or other businesses that are closed to the public.

Having said that, Title III of the ADA does give a 15 employee guideline in regards to accessibility to physical locations, but no language we have discovered links this requirement, or any other requirement, to their online presence.

However, the term “open to the public” in Title III may make opting out of website ADA Compliance a risky decision, as it’ll be up to interpretation on whether an online pressence equals “open to the public,” esspecially if the online presence is e-commerce or interactive in any way (submission forms, applications, etc.).

These regulations were updated March 18, 2022

non-profits, charities, civic organizations

The Guidance on Web Accessibility and the ADA doesn’t mention organizations like churches, chambers of commerce, civic organizations, or charities in regards to ADA Compliance for websites. This, like everything else, is up for interpretation as a result of this.

Title III of the ADA does make ADA Accessibility manditory for all organizations who serve the public. There are many in the judiciary who feel websites are to be considered “open to the public” under Title III and, therefore, subject to website ADA Accessibility requirements.

Although we have not stated this in any other section, based on our reading of the law, it’s our official recommendation to all our clients within these fields to make these updates and adhere to ADA web standards.

These regulations were updated March 18, 2022

educational institutions

Although the Guidance on Web Accessibility and the ADA doesn’t mention educational institutions specifically, it does fall under Places of Public Accommodation and, as such, requires ADA Compliance for equal opportunity assurances.

This, of course, is given over to interpretation, as web accessibility doesn’t plainly mandate educational institutions for website ADA Accessibility. Feel free to connect with your solicitor for further guidance.

These regulations were updated March 18, 2022

blogs, personal websites

At this time, we have not found any guidelines to suggest ADA Compliance is mandated for blogs or personal website projects, provided no money is being exchanged for goods or services.

In these cases, WordPress has plenty of free plugins to help with adding ADA functionality to your website. It will not be in full compliance, but since you’re not mandated in these cases, it will be seen as just a really nice thing to do!

These regulations were updated March 18, 2022