What is ADA Compliance?
The Americans with Disabilities Act(ADA) was instituted in 1990 in an effort to end discrimination based
on differing abilities. Drawing heavily from the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, which established
protections against discrimination based on race, religion, sex or national origin, the ADA went a
step further by requiring organizations to provide “reasonable accommodations” to people with disabilities
Website ADA Compliance
The ADA’s relationship with websites has been a complicated and often confusing story. The ADA does not
explicitly address online compliance, even after undergoing several amendments in the far more web-oriented
era of 2008. With no specific coverage under the law, it usually falls to the courts to determine how ADA
standards apply to websites—or whether they do at all.
What We've Done
Given that no central group or organization officially regulates standards, some groups have stepped in
to assist. The World Wide Web Consortium has created something of an "agreed upon" standard that developers
reference at all times, "Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0" (linked blow). Within these guidelines,
there are levels of compliancy (A - AA - AAA) with "AAA" being the most compliant to WCAG II standards.
Utah State University has an internal group, WebAim (also linked below), to evaluate websites for conformity
to WCAG II standards and have in multiple occasions evaluated this website to conform to "AA WCAG II"
More Info On Evaluaiton Process
Accessibility consultants from Utah State University aka WebAim, were asked to assist our developers as a secondary effort to
ensure we have done due diligence, while developing a product that can be accessed by all users. Working with
third party teams such as WebAim provide invaluable insight to our developers, especially considering these teams
are an organizations purposed solely on the analysis of website accessibility for all users. Please search below for links to more info.