Do you know where yours falls short?
Given the existing legal environment, the lack of clear statutory guidance, and the DOJ's aggressive enforcement actions, credit unions should make sure their websites conform to accessibility standards, especially where litigation expenses can exceed the cost of compliance.
A detailed look into your website's layout, structure and coding using WCAG 2.1 AA guidelines as the benchmark. A thorough accessibility audit provides:
There are several items to consider when making your credit union website accessible. What is the best way to conduct an accessibility auditing? Will it fit our budget? What is the risk of potential litigation if we do nothing? In the end having an accessible website is the right thing to do.
What you should look for in when considering making your website accessible: download our Accessibility Checklist.
Credit Union Website Accessibility Solutions
Web accessibility means that people with disabilities can use the web. More specifically, web accessibility means that people with disabilities can identify, recognize, navigate and interact with a website. Web accessibility also benefits people without disabilities, including older people with changing abilities due to aging.
Almost every change made to your site that corrects accessibility issues also improves its SEO (Search Engine Optimization), a benefit often overlooked by credit unions. Nearly 1 out 5 people in the US has some kind of disability, making your credit union's website accessible improves your potential user base by up to 20%.
If your website fails any one of these simple tests you will need to fix your website's coding to become accessible under the new Section 508 Refresh and WCAG 2.1 guidelines.Back to Top