ADA Website Compliance Checklist

July 7, 2020

- By The MAR Legal Team

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that businesses make both their physical space and their online space accessible to individuals with disabilities. Denial of full and equal access to website content, and real estate services, as a result, may also be a Fair Housing violation. The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines provide a detailed breakdown of the steps that can be taken to make online content more accessible to people with disabilities, including auditory, cognitive, neurological, physical, speech, and visual. If you are uncertain whether your website is in compliance, check with your web developer.


Compliance Tips:

  • Use high contrast between text and background colors.
  • Don’t use color as the only prompt to convey info.


Compliance Tips:

  • Links should describe where the link is going.
  • State type of document linked to and size (DOC/PDF).

Fillable Forms

Compliance Tips:

  • Include labels immediately next to the fillable field(s)

Website Images

Compliance Tips:

  • Include alternate (alt) text for images.
  • Use text rather than an image of text (except logos).
  • Do not rely on screen orientation.

Audio & Video

Compliance Tips:

  • Include subtitles, captions, and/or written transcripts.
  • Allow auto-play of sound or video to be paused.
  • Do not have videos flash more than 3 times/second.


Compliance Tips:

  • Ensure that text can be enlarged without distortion.
  • Do not use images of text (except logos).
  • Each page should have a language assigned.


Compliance Tips:

  • Allow the website to be navigated using the keyboard only.
  • Provide multiple ways to find information.
  • Do not use site time limits.
  • Individual pages should have unique titles.