Squarespace ADA Compliance
Avoid a costly lawsuit...
Is your website accessible to users with disabilities? By default, Squarespace templates are not ADA compliant. Predatory lawyers often target non-compliant sites with expensive lawsuits.
Our team of web developers specializes in improving the accessibility of Squarespace websites. We do all the heavy lifting to make your site more accessible, giving you the peace of mind to focus on other things.
We're also well-versed in state and local requirements, including California's new §11546.7 law that goes into effect in July!
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?
The ADA doesn’t actually define any specific technical requirements for web accessibility, so we use a list of measurable goals from a widely-accepted industry standard called the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We optimize web accessibility based on the most recent version (WCAG 2.1 AA).
However, it’s important to remember that accessibility isn’t really an “all-or-nothing” game, as there will always be room for improvement on any website. Complying with the ADA is not necessarily about perfectly conforming to a set of rules. Instead, showing that a good faith effort has been made to improve a site’s accessibility can satisfy the ADA’s requirement of making reasonable accommodations for disabled patrons. By fixing the issues outlined in this audit, you’ll be equipped to ward off any legal trouble through a proactive accessibility strategy.
Can’t I just make my site compliant with something like UserWay?
Resources such as the UserWay plugin are a great start, and they certainly don’t hurt when it comes to accessibility. However, this “one size fits all” approach often leads to a false sense of security. While this might lower some generic barriers, it fails to address precise errors. By contrast, our team of experienced web developers can craft custom tailored solutions specifically for your site.
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!