Benefits of having a WCAG Compliant Website?
High Search Engine Rankings
When a website is modiﬁed to meet the standards of WCAG Compliance, it is more clearly visible to the bots (search engine spiders) and the site displays improved SEO.
Increased Revenue Through Increased Traffic
WCAG Compliant makes a website accessible to many disabled individuals, who can visit your website and make a purchase. With this, making your website WCAG Compliant is a low-cost investment that could deliver great returns as these individuals are likely to be more loyal to your website and business considering the fact that you have made certain effort to serve them impartially.
Escaping Any Legal Issues and Tax Beneﬁts
There are many cases where businesses have received lawsuits of operating through websites that are not WCAG Compliant and to meet these legal demand letters can be expensive. With this, it fades the authenticity of your brand.
61 million Americans have at least one kind of disability. By 2060, the number is expected to reach a huge ﬁgure of 98 million.
In 2018, the total number of lawsuits ﬁlled were 2,000+.
40% of adults above 65 years of age has a disability.
Having a WCAG Compliant website is likely to increase your sales by 20%.
$50,000+ is the average legal cost to small businesses.
181% was the increase in ADA lawsuits ﬁled in 2018.
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What is a WCAG Compliant website?
A WCAG Compliant website is one which is equally accessible to able as well as people with disabilities. WCAG guidline explains what are the best solutions to make a web content accessible to the people with disabilities. Eg.: If a person has a poor sense of visibility, your ADA Compliant website under the WCAG guidlines should have less use of graphics, easily readable fonts and pleasant color contrast.
Why WCAG Compliant website is important?
61 million Americans have at least one kind of disability and by 2060, the number is expected to reach a huge figure of 98 million. In reality, more than 26,000 new WCAG claims are filed against companies every year, and along with that approx 240 businesses have been sued over website accessibility since 2016.
Are there any lawsuits for websites not being Compliant?
In the U.S., if an individual is not able to access your website due to his certain disability that your website must have catered to, he has a right to file a lawsuit against your business. This lawsuit would be protecting his civil rights of equal access to resources, as followed by most countries.
What is the difference between ADA & WCAG?
ADA is a law, which gives equal rights to individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including digital, which is Website. Whereas WCAG is a guideline, just for websites, following which website will become accessible for individuals with disabilities. Perhaps, ADA is a Act for right towards having a disability friendly website, and WCAG is what needs to be followed to make one.