The ruling is in, and Domino’s didn’t deliver.
On October 7th, The United States Supreme Court declined Domino’s appeal on Domino’s V Robles. That means that the earlier ruling will stay in place: companies are legally responsible for their website’s accessibility. If a blind person cannot use your website, you may be sued.
This conflict between businesses and the blind is nothing new, but it’s really started to heat up. The cause of this change is simple: companies don’t have accessible websites. Sure, Domino’s has a fancy-looking landing page. But without little features like keyboard functionality and alt text, the entire website may violate Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Certainly, Domino’s V Robles is a huge win for accessibility. But if Domino’s didn’t make the cut, will your website? It depends on how you slice it.
If Domino's didn't make the cut, will your website? It depends on how you slice it.
How Can I Fix My Web Design?
Let’s focus on how to avoid the mistakes that Domino’s made. After all, the demand for accessible websites is higher than ever. So if you haven’t updated your site since 2005, it’s probably time for an upgrade.
First, check if your website has any glaring accessibility issues. Do all your images have alt text? If not, add some. Does your text have a high enough contrast ratio? If not, change your colors. Use the WAVE Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool to find the most glaring issues. Next, try the WebAIM Screen Reader Simulator. It will show you how a blind person interacts with your site. Using a simulator can reveal bigger issues early on.
You can also check out our article on how to add accessibility to your website. It’s full of tips, tricks, and resources to quickly make your website more accessible. Remember that accessibility is a process, not an end result. There’s always a way to make your website easier to use for the disabled community. To find out how to make your website better for everyone, reach out online or call us at 888.221.6509.
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