Free report offered to check websites for ADA 508 guidelines compliance
Diggitally.com have decided to offer a free report that evaluates any website for its compliance with ADA 508 Guidelines. The report is not generic, but will be made based on a vetting of the individual website.
ADA 508 Guidelines is, simply put, laying out requirements for any websites in the USA that has to be met to be accessible for people with disabilities.
Gary Holm, owner of Diggitally.com says: “It is an unfortunate fact that most business owners only are connecting ADA compliance to requirements for their physical business and service areas. ADA stands for “Americans with Disability Act” and it has been around for a full 30 years by now. Access for wheel chairs to shops and public spaces, including facilities in bathrooms are probably the most visible and commonly known requirements that are widely implemented.
Far less known is that ADA also covers websites through ADA 508 Guidelines. It is mainly the noise surrounding some high profile lawsuits in the multi-million dollar segment that have made some small business and website owners aware of the “problem” and thus those that take actions are doing it mainly as they are scared for ending up in a lawsuit concerning their own website.
More and more of basic services in our societies are done through online portals, with personal service or even phone service becoming increasingly less available. Add on top of that all exclusive online offers for banking, booking of various services and shopping and it is quite reasonable that people with disabilities are getting the same access to those services, thus reasoning that the ADA Guidelines also covers websites.
What almost none are thinking of is that the ADA compliance requirement can be turned into a positive integration for the website as it, by being ADA 508 compliant, actually are opening their “digital doors” towards a huge billion-dollar market and will get a boost in reputation, both in the market segment and in the search engines.”
The main aim of the individually issued free reports is to allow small business and website owners evaluate their websites for compliance with the ADA 508 Guidelines, turning the report into a valuable document identifying issues their site may have.
The other aim of the free report is to inform about the fact that there exist a simple way to fix the problems which is offered. To pick up on that offer is entirely up to the website owner and there are absolutely no strings attached.
Gary Holm continues: “The number of website-owners sued for not being in compliance with the ADA 508 Guidelines are on a sharp rise and exeeded 11 000 in 2019. It may reach 30 000 throughout 2020 and may even reach 100 000 in 2021. On average, settling of such a lawsuit falls into the range of around $35 000. To make it even more serious, there is no warning given upfront before a website is sued. And – if you have not done anything to prepare your website for ADA compliance, you are doomed to lose. This free report will identify specific issues with each individual website and will allow the owner to take very qualified decisions for any action he may seee fit thereafter.”
Diggitally.com is known as a Digital Marketing and Website Promotion Agency aiming to provide high-end quality services for small businesses at a very reasonable cost, thus we also see heightening awareness for the requirement for having their websites ADA compliant as a good fit as being in compliance actually will improve site score with Search Engines and thus improve rankings.
We are offering this free report with small business and website owners in mind because we want to heighten the awareness about the risk of being sued for breach of being in compliance with the ADA 508 guidelines and also to inform that there are solutions available that do not require any huge work done onsite.