In July 1990, President George H.W Bush signed and passed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into law. Ever since, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has been making updates to improve ADA website compliance. in 2010, the DOJ set standards that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities. This is called the ADA Standards for Accessible Design.
ADA compliant websites provide an online experience accessible to everyone, including disabled users. All business websites must be ADA compliant. Why is this so important? There are approximately 48.9 million people in the United States with a disability. Moreover, there are 34.2 million people in the United States with functional limitations. Hearing or visual impairment and epilepsy are common disabilities. Non-ADA-compliant websites can impact people with these disabilities. (more…)