Your website must be compliant with the ADA’s website accessibility law or be sued for a hundred thousand dollars

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Your website must be compliant with the ADA’s website accessibility law or be sued for a hundred thousand dollars

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Just because there is no straightforward set of legal requirements for website accessibility does not mean that your business will not be presented with a lawsuit. This has understandably raised alarm.

Most countries provide laws protecting the civil rights of disabled persons for homes, parks, businesses, and educational facilities. What is not universal is website accessibility.

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The weakness of website accessibility enforcement in the U.S.A. that encourages ADA lawsuits has not only driven up the number of lawsuits but has enabled some of them to reach beyond the States.

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Last year the first case to go to trial occurred in Florida. It resulted in Winn-Dixie (Gil v. Winn-Dixie) being required to pay $250,000 to bring its website up to WCAG standards.

That case is now being used in oral arguments in an appeal for a case against Dominos (Robles v. Domino’s Pizza).

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Low cost, pre-fab, template-driven websites are less likely to be accessible and their owners not educated on what they need to know.

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WordPress core prides itself on meeting WCAG standards, but once you throw a theme and plugins into it, all bets are off.

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