ADA Compliance & Accessibility for Websites
The ADA Book helps you significantly reduce your risk of a demand letter or lawsuit while you make your website accessible.
What’s Inside The ADA Book?
The ADA Book contains candid and practical information from an attorney and web accessibility consultant.
Hot Accessibility Items
Find out exactly what “surf-by” plaintiff’s lawyers are looking for and filing lawsuits over.
A complete, plain English write-up on how to meet all 38 WCAG 2.0 AA success criteria.
Exactly how to attack web accessibility so you take care of the most dangerous accessibility red flags (lawsuit worthy) first and give your website the cloak of accessibility while you work.
The best summary of the applicable law and why you need to make your website accessible ASAP.
How can I get certification? What about WCAG 2.1? Am I safe on social media? And more.
Insurance policies that might provide coverage, insider warnings about accessibility products & services, practical solutions to web content risk management, third-party apps advice.
ADA Compliance From The Expert
Kris Rivenburgh is the leading expert in ADA website compliance and accessibility.
Kris is an attorney and web accessibility consultant who helps companies mitigate legal risk and make their website accessible.
Kris wrote The ADA Book to help all individuals and organizations stop “surf-by” ADA demand letters and lawsuits.
Less Than 15 Employees
ADA Title III claims have no restrictions for the number of employees a business has. ADA Title I claims are where the number of employees comes into play.
Trying Not a Defense
Genuinely attempting to make your website accessible is not a defense to an ADA web compliance claim. The ADA is a strict liability law which means you have no excuses.
WCAG 2.0 AA
WCAG is not the law but it is referenced when determining accessibility. There are 38 success criteria under WCAG 2.0 AA; some are critical, others are not. I am working on standardizing the law.
Lawsuits in All States
New York and Florida have had the most federal lawsuits by far but you can be sued for ADA violations in any state. You can also be sued in state court.
Due Process Not Working
Motions to dismiss on due process grounds (meaning you can’t violate a law that doesn’t exist) have been unsuccessful. Courts are holding ADA is enough.
Web-Based At Risk
Not having a brick & mortar location may be a defense in some courts but plaintiff’s law firms will not sue you in those courts. Regardless, soon web-based businesses will be covered too.
ADA & Websites: An Overview of What’s Happening
And just to be clear, there is NO law that mandates websites be accessible. And to expound upon that point, there is NO law that explains how a website is to become accessible.
However, courts are liberally construing ADA Title III language (from 1990) to hold that websites are indeed required to be accessible.
Open the floodgates to litigation.
According to Seyfarth Shaw, the number of ADA Title III lawsuits filed in federal court from 2015 to 2018 has increased every year:
This number will far exceed 10,000 in 2019.
Nearly all of these lawsuits end in settlements for 4 or 5-figures and never go to trial. Additionally, there are even more disputes that settle without a lawsuit officially being filed.
You’re not alone. Everyone is. Governments (local, state, and federal), corporations, non-profits, churches, universities, credit unions, banks, hotels, restaurants, art galleries, individuals, small businesses.
This is brand new and no one is sure what to do.
How do you get started?
Who do you hire?
What should you have them do?
What do you need them to do?
What should they do first?
How do you avoid get sued while you’re making your website accessible?
As the leading expert in ADA website compliance and accessibility, I’ve written The ADA Book to guide you through these questions.
The #1 Book in the World
Researched and written by an attorney, there is no book in the world that explains the current law, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA, and how to approach making your website accessible as well as The ADA Book.
The ADA Book takes 80 minutes to read.
Free Updates for 1 Year
You will receive all important updates for FREE for one year after purchase (you can opt-out if you wish). Kris will send a reader friendly summary of the updates.
This is a risk-free purchase. If you are unsatisfied with the material, you can get a full refund within 60 days of purchase.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long will it take to make my website accessible?
A: It depends on your website. If you get everything done at lightning speed, a week. Most accessibility projects will take 1-3 months.
Q: How much do I have to do to make my website accessible?
A: Again, it depends. The simple answer is as much as it takes people with various disabilities to engage with your website and access the content on it. The practical answer is courts currently view WCAG 2.0 AA as the de facto standard for accessibility so ideally your website would meet all 38 success criteria under WCAG (The ADA Book explains all of them).
Q: What entities are required to have accessible websites?
A: Small businesses, non-profits, companies, corporations, municipalities, universities, state and local governments. If you operate what could be considered a place of public accommodation, then your website needs to be accessible. Further, any entity that receives government funding needs to have an accessible website.
To be proactive and safe, I recommend everyone – including web-based businesses – make their website accessible. All of the legal momentum is pushing towards complete web accessibility.
Q: Can I create an alternate website and be considered compliant?
This is an unsettled matter in terms of the ADA but I would highly advise AGAINST it.
The alternative website route was attempted by an airline and rejected under the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA). Granted, this is not a federal court or Title III but I would advise against this route to any client as it’s very high risk both technically and practically in the current environment.
Q: What’s the difference between Section 508 and the ADA?
A: Section 508 is an amendment to the Rehabilitation Act that requires federal departments and agencies to make their websites (another other “electronic and information technology”) accessible to persons with disabilities.
Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act requires that places of public accommodation be accessible to persons with disabilities. Generally, right now, Title III is currently being construed to include websites.
These are distinct from one another as one applies to the private sector and the other applies to the federal government (departments and agencies). In 2017, Section 508 was revised to incorporate WCAG 2.0.
Section 508 does not apply to recipients of federal funds. However, Section 504 does. Section 504 requires agencies and recipients of federal funding provide equal opportunity to persons with disabilities to participate in participate in programs and benefit from services. Thus, under 504, recipients of federal aid are covered which means their websites need to be accessible too.
Additionally, vendors to the federal government may need to meet 508 accessibility requirements and file a VPAT. A Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT™) is a document that explains how information and communication technology (ICT) products such as software, hardware, electronic content, and support documentation meet 508 standards for IT accessibility.
Q: How can The ADA Book help me?
A: Settlements from demand letters typically start at $5,000 and go up to $50,000 – and, yes, this includes small businesses. By following the material in The ADA Book, you can dramatically reduce your chances of receiving a demand letter or being sued for having an inaccessible website.
The ADA Book will also save you hours of time in figuring out 1) the legal landscape, 2) where and how to start making your website accessible, and 3) the chronological order of action (this can prevent a lawsuit!).
Q: What’s included in The ADA Book?
A: All of the following is included:
– legal overview of website compliance
– what plaintiff’s lawyers are looking for
– the most important accessibility items
– WCAG 2.0 AA summary
– WCAG 2.0 AA detailed outline
– WCAG 2.0 vs. 2.1
– lawsuit risk reduction 18-step blueprint
– cost reduction tips
Kris is an attorney and ADA website compliance and accessibility consultant.
Kris has thoroughly researched both the legal (Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act) and the technical (WCAG 2.0 AA) side of compliance and accessibility.
Kris provides all support and updates for The ADA Book personally.
Kris is currently working on the standardization and certification of ADA website compliance.
If you have a question, you can email Kris directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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A: Once you click the buy button, you will be taken to a Paypal checkout page. After you successfully purchase The ADA Book, you will be sent an email (to the email address you used on Paypal) within 1-2 minutes containing a download link to the book.
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Q: How much is The ADA Book?
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