La Jolla Village Merchants Association in partnership with AccessiBe is proud to offer FREE online training on Wednesday, February 22 at 1:00 PM and Thursday, February 23 at 9:00 AM to help small businesses understand the need to add ADA-accessible functions to their websites. Making a website accessible is not only the law, but it is also good for business.
ADA accessibility, which refers to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), is important for websites because it ensures that people with disabilities can access and use websites effectively. The ADA, a federal law in the United States, prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities in various areas, including employment, education, and public accommodations. The law requires that businesses and organizations provide “reasonable accommodations” for people with disabilities, including making their websites accessible.
There are many different types of disabilities that can affect a person’s ability to use a website, including visual impairments, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, and cognitive impairments. Websites that are not designed with accessibility in mind can create significant barriers for people with these disabilities, preventing them from being able to navigate the site, read its content, or interact with its features.
Making a website accessible involves a range of design and technical considerations, such as providing alternative text for images, ensuring that the site can be navigated using a keyboard, and providing captions or transcripts for audio and video content. By implementing these and other accessibility features, website owners can ensure that their site is usable by the widest possible audience, including people with disabilities. This not only helps to fulfill their legal obligations under the ADA, but also serves as an important step towards creating a more inclusive and accessible online environment for all users.