Make your Website Accessible with our Website Accessibility Software and Toolkit
Project Background: In February, 2019 we were contacted by our client, East Shore Marine regarding concern about the rising lawsuits against the marine industry participants in the large annual boat shows. The lawsuits involved the entire Marine Industry being targeted over ADA, W3C, and Section 508 website compliance.
Research: We researched this issue several months and found that though the base software we use to build websites for our clients, WordPress, is the most popular software in the world, it is still not 100% compliant with the above accessibility standards. They are working on it, however, due to the complexity behind how the software interacts with 3rd party plugins, themes, and other applications, we felt a comprehensive solution was required to meet the current need.
Website Accessibility Lawsuits Involving Particular Industries
Below are a list of Lawsuits against companies with websites do not conform to ADA and/or W3C Standards:
The above links are just a few examples. However the most important item in all this occurred on October 7th, 2019:
Our Software Solution is Designed to Make Compliance Easy and Serve as a Deterrent for Lawsuits
You can see our Website Accessibility software solution in action on this website and on https://eastshoremarineny.com
What the software does – Uses AI programming to bring a site to compliance with the following guidelines:
- ADA Guidelines – https://www.ada.gov/ada_title_III.htm
- W3C Guidelines – https://www.w3.org/WAI/standards-guidelines/wcag/
- Section 508 – https://www.section508.gov/
- European Standard EN 301 549 – http://mandate376.standards.eu/standard
- JAWS compatibility – https://www.freedomscientific.com/products/software/jaws/
The way it works:
- A script runs in the background of the website
- The website is scanned and within 48 hours a toolkit for people with disabilities is presented
- The website is re-scanned every 24 hours automatically to deal with any changes/updates
- The website is adjusted to make it operable for people with screen readers (for the blind)
- The website is adjusted to make it operable for people with motor impairments (limited keyboard functions allow navigation)
- Alternate Text is created for images, using image recognition technology – though I do include alt text for every image
- The script does not cover PDF’s, Documents, and Video Subtitles – those would need to be handled separately
- The script does not effect the normal functioning of the website in any way
Pricing – $640/year and includes installation, testing/maintenance, accessibility certificate, footer link. This covers a website with under 1,000 URLs, for larger websites, please contact us for pricing info.
Having this script installed is not a guarantee against litigation. However, it is a very strong deterrent. Additionally, there are 2 items incorporated to deal with questions and issues. The first is an accessibility statement (see ours here), and the second is a Feedback link where a user can report an issue with the website accessibility interface.
If an issue is reported, we will work quickly to solve it. Labor charges may apply depending on the scope of the work required. If a lawsuit is presented, we will work to remedy any accessibility issues in the interest of having the lawsuit dismissed in the shortest order of time.