ADA Website Accessibility
HOW TO PROTECT YOUR PRACTICE
The focus of “ADA compliant” websites has become a hot topic of discussion lately. You’ve likely heard of the issue by now, but perhaps you’re not entrely sure what it means for your
practce. Is it really true that a few simple mistakes can
land you in legal hot water? In this short guide, we’ll
explain the basics of how the ADA pertains to websites
so that you can take the appropriate steps to provide
the best care to your patents, and to protect your
practce from unnecessary litgaton.
This is by no means a comprehensive guide, nor is
it meant to provide legal advice. If you fnd yourself
facing an ADA-related claim, you should consult an
atorney. Nevertheless, by the tme you’ve fnished
reading this, we hope to reduce some of the fear and
misinformaton swirling around the issue. First, let’s
cover the basics.
What is the ADA?
The Americans with Disabilites Act (“ADA”, sometmes
“AwDA”) is a federal law passed in 1990 that aims
to protect the rights of disabled people to ensure they
are not discriminated against due to their disability.
This is the same law that requires real-world public
locatons (referred to by the ADA as “places of public
accommodaton”) to be accessible to disabled patrons
by ofering accommodatons such as wheelchair ramps
and handicapped parking. The law is well-intentoned,
and largely efectve at improving the lives of disabled
people. Unfortunately, however, the law did not
account for the growing dependence of the Internet,
and did not provide specifc language to cover any
diferences or similarites between physical locatons
and a website.
What do the Recent ADA Lawsuits Claim?
Untl recently, many of these lawsuits had been in
relaton to actual physical locatons. But over the past
year or so, some dentsts have received leters from
lawyers claiming that their websites do not comply
with The Americans with Disabilites Act, and thus
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