Depending on the size of your website and the improvements required, making it accessible will cost you a different price. In general, the initial audit will cost as little as $500 for smaller websites and as much as $10,000 for really big websites, audit combines manual and automatic testing.
Smaller websites that require straightforward, less intrusive improvements can be made compliant for as little as $1,000 in upgrades. However, a lot of sites need more substantial changes, which can cost as much as $50,000. Iviju can provide you a quote, please contact us to help you to figure out how much it will cost.
The best auditing process combines human testing of each site's unique pages and incorporating it with automated testing. Even the greatest automated technology can only identify 30% of WCAG accessibility issues, hence manual human WCAG testing is essential. The process does, however, begin with a automatic WCAG website scan. This step is helpful for locating any sections of the website that may be improved and have where the quick repairs can be done, so website owner can saving money and time. The next two steps both begin with identifying the "unique pages" of the site, which provide a representative sample of the entire site. For these pages we conduct human testing in two steps beginning with manual UX and code review that includes keyboard only testing. We then put ourselves into the shoes of multiple personas representing different disability scenarios and apply the appropriate assistive technologies to test these unique pages. Screen readers such as JAWS or NVDA which assist people with vision are good examples. We employee people with disabilities to help some manual testing and issue detection
26 percent (one in 4) of adults in the United States have some type of disability. Graphic of the United States. The percentage of people living with disabilities is highest in the South. - Source https://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/disabilityandhealth/infographic-disability-impacts-all.html
The Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into federal law back in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. The ADA legislation is considered a federal civil rights law, designed to protect people with disabilities against discrimination in all public spaces.
The Americans with Disabilities Act covers people with disabilities in having equal employment opportunities and in having accessibility to public accommodations and information. It also includes all local, state, and federal government agencies and organizations, as well as public transportation.
Recently there has been a surge in lawsuits in multiple states against many businesses for not having an ADA compliant website, thus not fully accessible to those with disabilities. Since website accessibility is not directly addressed within the ADA standards, state courts are left to decide these cases, with lawyers claiming denied access to public information.
The general consensus in the evolving legislation thus far has simply been if the business has a physical location, it must also have an accessible website to be ADA compliant. This has led to the World Wide Web Consortium's subsequent development of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, or WCAG.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) offers different tax write-offs for businesses that are becoming disability-friendly, so to speak. One is called the disabled access credit and offers up to $5000 for expenses incurred improving accessibility for persons with disabilities. This includes expenses incurred making websites accessible.
For businesses who hire people with disabilities, there's a tax credit offered called the work opportunity credit. Hiring someone with a disability can get you up to the first $6000 on the first-year wages of that person. As you can see, becoming ADA compliant is not only required, but for businesses, it should be a no-brainer. It's just a smart, sound financial decision.
As you’ve probably figured out by now, the answer is no, because it’s not at all clear how or even if ADA rules will be applied to any particular website. Still, it’s generally a good idea to err on the side of caution. Many states have adopted their own accessibility laws, and the volume of accessibility-related lawsuits filed against websites has ballooned in recent years. Plaintiffs have been more successful in these suits than ever before. With no clearly defined regulations to follow, it is probably not worth it for most companies to gamble that a court will rule in their favor.
So, without a clear set of accessibility regulations to comply with, how can you tell if your website is compliant? The best measure available is the aforementioned WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines. WCAG standards have been the guiding accessibility principle in the European Union and other countries since 1999, with the most recent update taking effect in Spring of 2018. While WCAG is a set of recommended actions rather than enforceable legislation, it forms the backbone of many online accessibility laws around the world and offers a strong model for any American organization striving to provide equal access for all users.