Ignoring Accessibility puts your business in great legal threat
Are you ignoring Accessibility?
The majority of small businesses do not take accessibility seriously. But do you know ignoring accessibility can put your business in great legal danger? In 2015 there were only 60 lawsuits filed in federal courts. It jumped by 3600% to 2258 in 2018.
Clients from many countries look at us for accessibility projects. We at Tech4Planet help them save hefty penalties and legal fees for attorneys. We provide low-cost and best-quality Accessibility & PDF remediation service to our clients.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed in 1990 to protect the rights of people with disabilities. There are similar laws in almost every developed and developing country. Businesses are not giving enough care to those with disabilities, which is leading to an upswing of accessibility lawsuits.
If your business is having a website and/or a mobile app. If you are producing electronic documents in PDF, Word, Excel, or PPT formats such as brochures, directories, etc. Then it is mandatory for you to make them accessible and comply with WCAG guidelines.
Follow the Laws
Other than ADA there are other laws in the USA that make it mandatory to comply with accessibility norms. Section 508 is another famous law. If your business operates in the health care sector then you need to comply with The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) guidelines on accessibility as well.
“National Federation of the Blind had sued Target Corporation under California state law, and the Federal law (the ADA), it cost them $6 million in a settlement. A blind consumer had also sued NIKE because its two websites, Nike.com and Converse.com as they did not conform to WCAG 2.0 requirements.”
The Dangers of Not Having It
If you do not comply with accessibility laws then you get fined or sued, the fines alone can be staggering. If your website fails to meet accessibility standards, you are vulnerable to a $75,000 fine for the first reported violation. If your business doesn’t make the necessary changes, it can be fined a second time for $150,000. Each of these fines is far beyond the cost to make your site accessible. On top of that, lawsuits cost tens of thousands of dollars in attorneys’ fees and potential damages. Sometimes millions.
Our accessibility services for websites cost just $199 per month. This is less than 0.25% of what you will have to bear in penalty and legal fee. In addition, we charge just $999 one time for the setup and audit of the website for the 1st time. For electronic documents like PDF files, our price starts at $4 per page.
Due to price advantage and quality of service, we are the number one destination for businesses in the USA & Sweden for outsourcing their accessibility projects.
If you want us to be your accessibility team then you can contact us at [email protected] or call us at (302) 200-3424.