ADA Compliance and how this applies to your Website
Many of our clients have notified us of concerns about ADA Compliance and their websites. We are aware of the recent news reports and trade association publications that many of you are reading concerning the recent onslaught of litigation. We contacted NAFCU to receive permission to share their FAQ document, their ADA resources page and their home page with FedComp clients. Using these links will enable you to view NAFCU’s most current information and recommendations on ADA compliant websites. Please take the time to review the information shared by NAFCU.
Answering the question – “is my website ADA compliant?” is not black and white.
The only official standard for website accessibility applies to federal agencies. The standard requires agency websites, including careers pages, portals and applications, to be accessible to people with disabilities and conform to the Website Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA) standard, developed by W3C, an international consortium that develops web standards.
Because the Department of Justice has decided to move the regulations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to the “inactive list” many businesses are left without guidance for compliance.
At this time, we recommend you check to see if your website meets WCAG2.0AA industry standards for accessibility. At FedComp we recommend using the WAVE tool, http://wave.webaim.org/
Each time your credit union maintains or alters your website content you should use the tool to check your work. The most common website accessibility issue is missing alt tags on images.