Despite booming success of online retail sector, further skyrocketed by the impact of pandemic, web accessibility continues to remain an afterthought. Do you know that 77.6% of digital accessibility lawsuits filed in 2020 were against retailers? This shockingly high number is estimated to continue to increase by 20% in 2021.
As ecommerce shifts into high gear, lack of web accessibility would mean denying services to people with disabilities. This is not to say that companies are deliberately discriminating, but chances are, they fail to focus on creating accessible website that is compliant with the WCAG standards.
Considering the steady rise in the number of lawsuits, the need for accessibility compliance is more critical than ever. Inaccessible websites can not only result in costly lawsuits but also lead to bad press, significantly hampering business/brand reputation. Inaccessible websites also limit retailers’ ability to extend reach to a new market segment. Globally, annual disposable income of disabled people is a staggering $13 trillion approximately. Given the risk of inaction, ignoring web accessibility can badly hurt any online business.
There are several international and federal laws that enforce accessibility, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 508, European Accessibility Act (EAA), and Equality Act 2010. These regulations essentially draw from the WCAG guidelines and mandate that products and services offered through website or mobile app must be accessible to people with disabilities.
We, at Amnet, can help you address every accessibility issue and standardize content across all digital platforms and media. Combining advanced tools, technologies, and best practices, we not only help transform existing digital content into accessible formats but also create born accessible assets. From consultation, implementation, website remediation to transformation, we provide comprehensive support for every web accessibility initiative.
Amnet is well equipped to address web accessibility issues in conformance with the latest Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), enabling you to comply with federal and international accessibility regulations. By removing accessibility barriers, we help your audience with disabilities effortlessly interact with websites, devices, and apps. Improved digital accessibility allows you to alleviate legal risk, demonstrate inclusivity, and extend market reach.
To know more about how we can help you remediate your website, connect with us and we will be happy to discuss custom solution designed to fit your web accessibility needs.