Why is ADA compliance and accessibility important?
Villanova as a whole is legally bound to make its website accessible to all users, especially those needing assistive technologies to navigate through website content.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design of 2010: "All electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1073: "requires access for both members of the public and federal employees to such technologies when developed, procured, maintained, or used by federal agencies."
ADA compliance means meeting the standards of the WCAG 2.0. Although the basic guidelines and fundamentals are kept constant, techniques are updated accordingly to match the constantly evolving internet. There are three levels of compliance:
Level A (least beneficial): focuses on easy navigation and readability, which includes various preferential options like font size and language.
Level AA (more significant elements): includes more significant features like text-to-speech capability and text alternatives to non-text content, error identification, and color contrast options.
Level AAA (the most stringent): makes the website accessible to most people with disabilities. Websites that comply with this level provide sign language in all multimedia and content presented in multiple ways.