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Squarespace ADA Compliance
Avoid a costly lawsuit...
Is your website accessible to users with disabilities? By default, Squarespace templates are not ADA compliant. Opportunistic lawyers often target non-compliant sites with expensive lawsuits.
Our team of web developers specializes in ADA compliance for Squarespace websites. We do all the heavy lifting to make your site more accessible, including compliance with industry-standard guidelines.
Free Accessibility Audit:
We'll audit your site for ADA compliance and send you the results for free! Included with your audit is a complete plan of action and cost estimate to get your site up to par.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is web accessibility?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 established regulations to prevent businesses from discriminating against customers and employees on the basis of disability. ADA compliance is traditionally associated with physical accessibility, such as handicap parking, wheelchair ramps, or braille restaurant menus.
However, modern interpretations of the ADA require digital accessibility for websites, with intentional features that improve access for disabled users. For instance, a visually-impaired user may utilize a screen reader to audibly dictate the contents of a website. A poorly designed site may not be compatible with this technology, preventing disabled users from navigating pages or understanding image-heavy content.
What happens to websites that are not compliant?
While the Department of Justice is responsible for regulating ADA compliance, enforcement is typically prompted by opportunistic lawyers. In fact, you could be sued by someone who has never even set foot in your place of business! These "drive-by lawsuits" have been widely documented in the news media:
Wall Street Journal: "Lawsuits Surge Over Websites’ Access for the Blind"Vox: "Websites Need to be More Accessible for Disabled People"The New York Times: "Galleries From A to Z Sued Over Websites the Blind Can’t Use"CBS 60 Minutes: "What's a drive-by lawsuit?"Fox News: "Beyonce Firm Sued by Blind Woman Over Website Barriers"
What are the standards for accessible sites?
Well, it depends who you ask. When the ADA was first created, websites weren't taken into consideration. The Department of Justice planned to update regulations in 2010 to add guidelines for web accessibility, but that never happened. Many business owners find themselves baffled with the expectation of making websites compliant with outdated legislation and vague regulations.
Because of this, web accessibility can be tricky to define. Unofficial guidelines such as the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1) are now widely recognized, with technical recommendations to make websites more accessible.
But even then, accessibility isn't necessarily met through a definitive set of rules. Perfect compliance with these standards is nearly impossible to achieve. Rather, business owners can protect themselves by improving and optimizing certain accessibility features. Doing so ensures basic usability for disabled users and effectively avoids legal issues.
Our team members have a strong knowledge of these guidelines, as well as how they apply within Squarespace templates.
Is my Squarespace site compliant?
Probably not. Squarespace templates are notorious for their poor accessibility. Curious to find out more? Check out our free accessibility audit - our team of web developers specializes in ADA compliance for Squarespace websites!