Global Presence Network is a proud member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals (IAAP). As part of our dedication to continually expanding our knowledge of accessible web development best practices, our compliance team actively participates in conferences, webinars, and training to ensure we are always up to date on the latest standards. The collective knowledge of our accessibility compliance team is at your disposal and always available to help navigate the standards set forth by the ADA and WCAG, ensuring equal access for all individuals interacting with your digital products.
The Americans with Disabilities Act was passed in 1990, long before e-commerce became part of everyday life. Most people think of the ADA as applying to brick and mortar stores. However, now that consumers have moved online, the Department of Justice (DOJ) is redefining how the ADA applies to e-commerce business.
Many nonprofit and non-profit organizations have already been sued and have had to settle according to the Florida Retail Federation. Failure to comply with Section 508 of the Department of Justice's ADA (American with Disabilities Act) Standards for Accessible Design could expose your company to hefty fines, the risk of expensive criminal and civil litigation as well as a reputation for being unfriendly to the disabled.
Websites who do not meet WCAG 2.0 AA accessibility standards can be fined up to $50,000 for a first violation and $100,000 for a second, and even more for compensation of damages.
The Floodgates Have Opened
Hundreds of Lawsuits. Thousands of Demand Letters.
Target.com - Sued for failure to provide descriptive alt text on images for product images appearing on their e-commerce store
Etrade.com - Sued for failure to provide an accessible website, mobile application and accessible online trading platform for customers who are blind.
H&R Block - Sued for failure to provide accessible web content for their online tax preparation tool, website, and mobile application
NetFlix.com, Hulu.com, Amazon.com, MIT and Harvard University - Sued for failure to provide closed captioning on streaming web videos, archived video content and pre-recorded course material
MLB - Sued for failure to provide accessibility of apps for mobile devices based on WCAG 2.0 Level AA for its iPhone and iPad apps.
SafeWay - Sued for failure to provide accessibility of its online grocery delivery website.
Carnival Cruises - Sued for failure to provide accessible web experiences for their Carnival Cruises, Princess and HollandAmerica websites
Weight Watchers - Sued for failure to provide its online and mobile application content and print material in accessible formats for persons with visual impairments
OTHERS: Patagonia, Ace Hardware, Aeropostale, Bed Bath & Beyond, PeaPod, Estee Lauder, JC Penny, Home Depot as well as the Kardashian's ShopDashOnline.com are the most recent companies sued by blind plaintiffs, alleging that the retailers’ websites are not accessible to the blind as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Global Presence Nonprofits is able to help organizations, especially publicly granted nonprofits and businesses meet and maintain ADA Website standards. Our standard of compliance includes both Level A and AA. See the descriptions here:
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