ADA Compliance Alert

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More ADA website accessibility lawsuits were filed in the first half of this year than in all of 2017, which witnessed over 800 such suits. Small business owners are not exempt. Recently the Dept of Justice made a statement that "Absent the adoption of specific technical requirements for websites through rulemaking, public accommodations have flexibility in how to comply with the ADA’s general requirements of nondiscrimination and effective communication. Accordingly, noncompliance with a voluntary technical standard for website accessibility does not necessarily indicate noncompliance with the ADA."  Even so, multiple judgements have been made in the plaintiff's favor all over the country. We need easy built-in accessibility features, or DIY web page making will become a thing of the past. Elyzabeth, Official Rep, states I can find what I need on google. Well, that doesn't cut it. Most of the solutions online are way over my head. How do I make my site keyboard accessible? How do I ensure that my content can be read by a screen reader? scrolling content be paused? text and background color can be adjusted by accessibility devices?
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I noticed that the main homestead page has the keyboard focus outline enabled when the tab key is used. I want that for my sites. Most advice that I can find on the web states that the focus to links and buttons is automatic and doesn't need web developer intervention, but my homestead websites do not exhibit this behavior. Please advise.
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Elyzabeth , Official Rep

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While we do have a team that designs sites professionally, making ADA compliant websites is not something we provide. We understand this requires additional resources and work, but unfortunately this is not a service we can help with, and if you are needing your website to become ADA compliant, we would recommend searching for a 3rd party to assist with this
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All public businesses are required to offer accessibility in their websites by the ADA. Homestead markets to small businesses. Lawsuits about this matter have sky rocketed. Homestead will need to address this soon.