Website ADA Compliance

Are you at Risk?
Folks, it's not a mater of IF,
it's a matter of When.

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Ignorance of the Law is No Excuse.

When a business is hit with a Law Suit they will usually claim ignorance of the law but that is No Excuse.

The fines come no matter what and because it's the Law, the Government is behind enforcement. Judges usually don't have a choice, they award damages.

Just take a look at these statistics when it comes to ADA compliance:

Lawsuits are mounting and are expected to increase.

The Department of Justice has backed ADA website Lawsuits .

$6,000,000 was the Settlement Cost of a Recent Case .

$50,000+ is the Average Legal Cost to Small Businesses.

The number of ADA Title III Lawsuits filed in 2018 increased 118%.

January 17, 2020  FOX NEWS

Yaroslav Suris is suing Pornhub, which hosts millions of adult videos, claiming the site's lack of subtitles violates the rights of deaf and hearing impaired under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Suris argues that the deaf and hearing impaired can't understand the audio portions of the videos on the site, thus denying them similar access to the content, according to TMZ.
Pornhub vice president Corey Priceresponded to the allegations.
"We understand that Yaroslav Suris is suing Pornhub for claiming we’ve denied the deaf and hearing-impaired access to our videos," he told the outlet. "While we do not generally comment on active lawsuits, we’d like to take this opportunity to point out that we do have a closed captions category."

Regardless, it's proceeding to Trial and more than likely Pornhub will be forced to settle.

The attorneys have figured out this is some "Low Hanging Fruit."

It’s sad because website owners are being targeted and sued for a law that they are totally ignorant of. But the problem is that ignorance of this law is no excuse. Frankly speaking, if your site(s) don’t line up with this law correctly, you could have to tap into your nest egg or retirement fund...if you have one.
Once a judgement is entered against you it is game over. Even if you don't have the money, these firms will take you to collection to collect on the debt any way they can and they WILL attach whatever they can identify, your vehicle, you home, your furniture, even your life insurance policy.

In short, you need to be ADA compliant because authorities aren’t messing around. If you think it’s a game, rest assured it’s not. Everything is coming under scrutiny and all these law firms have to do is find your site, and Wham...game over.

It's becomming a Very Big Issue.

No one is Safe. It doesn't matter what type of website you have, from a Church or a City to a Small Mom and Pop store, even a School.
The attorneys usually find a person with some sort of disability and they have that person go a website the attorneys have identified ahead of time, and the disabled person  lodges a complaint.
Then the law firm jumps into action and files a suit on behalf of the poor soul who was damaged. It's a win/win for both the disabled person and the law firm.
Defendents try to argue there was no damage but the law is clear. If anyone who is disabled goes to a site that is not in compliance and makes a claim they were inconvenienced, game over. They don't even have to prove damages, if they make the claim about your site and you are not in compliance, WHAM...Guilty.

So what can you do? 
Who is in Your Corner?

WE ARE.
Contact us.

We have partnered with AudioEYE®, the World Leader in this space.

We can give you a Basic System, FOR FREE.

It's a simple code you place on your website in the root command that reads the signal that comes from folks with a special ADA Assist software on their device. That software allows them  to read text, enlarge sites, etc. You or I won't see those controls but folks with the ADA assist software will.

It works in the cloud and you place the code on each of your sites and each code is unique to a specific site. It's then managed by the main server to keep things working. We have a master account and can offer this link to you for FREE because the company let's have the master account for free. You may run into others who charge for what they get for free...we don't.

Then for even less risk, you can go with their PRO account for $13/month or even better, their managed accounts.

(Note: We have no monetary agreement with the company, we are doing this only as a service to help our clients.)

Read just below for How it Works.

AudioEYE® makes websites accessible for people with disabilities. We submit that you should be doing this because it's the RIGHT THING TO DO, not because you might get sued. We are talking about Equal Access.

When a user with a disability comes on to your site, they will use some type of assistive technology for their needs. For example, a user that is blind will use a screen reader. If your site does not follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, these users will not be able to access your website.

The system tests for around 360 different standards (WCAG 2.1 version AA). 
With AudioEYE®'s JavaScript, it all operates at the DOM (Document Object Model) level. This means after your site loads, the JS loads and fires. That’s when a user with a disability interacts with the marked up version of the page. For a user like you or I, we wouldn’t even notice AudioEye®’s presence except for the toolbar on the right (pro/managed versions come with this feature).

My account manager at AudioEYE® is Emily, (610-603-6575). You can email her at ebaksic@audioeye.com and I suggest going directly to her if you have any questions. 

Contact us at BizHelp@Outlook.com if you want your free code.

Word of Caution:
There are a few online companies out there with band-aid fixes but they sell them at top dollar. One has a software package developed by a guy from India...what does that tell you?
Don't get suckered. AudioEYE® is the industry leader which is why we partnered with them. We don't make any money off you through a referral to AudioEYE® whereas we would with those online deals to the tune of $15+ a month. We choose this route because it's a matter of doing what's right for our clients. We are interested in a long term relationship, not a short term, rip-off profit.

Disclaimer:
No company can guarantee you will not be sued or you will never have a judgement entered against you. 
The information above is produced by Smarter.Marketing, not AudioEYE®
Smarter.Marketing merely has a free AudioEYE® account and has been given permission to offer Free Accounts to clients.
Any client needing more information or having issues, or who is in need of the PRO account with extra features should contact AudioEYE® Direct.