Unlike many of our competitors, EqualWeb offers a unique feature that can save you time, money, worries, and energy. This is our technological cherry on the cake: the ADA accessibility checker.
The accessibility checker, which you can add as an extension to your Google Chrome browser, is an automated auditing tool for WCAG 2.1 conformance.
The Checker analyzes the website and provides a comprehensive report about accessibility issues, including instructions and guidance on how to fix them.
It also automatically scans for Web content that meets legal and government regulations to accessibility.
And get this, it’s completely free.
Yes, this is a service we provide free of charge that you can use for your own benefit, monitoring your website for accessibility issues and ADA violations.
In case you’re not familiar with the term, ADA stands for the Americans with Disabilities Act. It was enacted into U.S. law in 1990 by President George H. W. Bush.
The ADA came into existence after years of struggle by civil rights groups and groups representing individuals with disabilities.
The idea was twofold: prevent unjust discrimination against those with disabilities and level the playing field to enhance accessibility in all areas of public life.
This includes the online experience.
The ADA did not originally include language that stipulated non-discriminatory requirements online, but future interpretations by the courts have left no doubt: accessibility rules apply to the virtual world as well.
Revised legislation noted the independent Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) as the benchmark requirement for web accessibility standards.
More importantly, ADA compliance applies to all public organizations and businesses, big, medium, and small (with few exceptions), as every enterprise that has a website must remediate it according to WCAG standards.
The U.S. is not alone to endorse WCAG standards as the legal benchmark for digital accessibility. Governments across the globe have endorsed it in various forms, court rulings included, which places WCAG as the primary and safest standard for web owners, developers, and designers.
WCAG is the ultimate standard for web accessibility guidelines, providing a single shared standard that meets the needs of individuals, organizations, and governments internationally.
Its guidelines are the world’s most comprehensive and robust code of modifications for making your website accessible to disabled individuals.
If your website meets the latest WCAG standards, especially the updated 2.1 version from 2018, you’d be sure as safe from lawsuits, meeting all ADA requirements.
The EqualWeb Accessibility Checker
To summarize, EqualWeb’s ADA accessibility checker is an excellent tool for your business.
It allows you to:
- Be aware of accessibility issues and ADA violations
- Monitor your website periodically
- Stay up-to-date with the latest regulations
- Launch the process of attaining compliance and accessibility
For full ADA compliance, you will need EqualWeb’s powerfully technological accessibility AI ToolBar as well as our manual services, offered on our Pricing page.
But feel free to download our accessibility checker and add it to your Google Chrome. The link below will immediately direct you to EqualWeb’s Accessibility Checker.