24 Aug

4 Best Steps to ADA Compliance

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What is ADA?

In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into a law. This law was designed to prevent discrimination against individuals because of their disabilities.

In the past 27 years, the Internet has changed the way people use media, access and purchase goods and services, and gather information. 57 million Americans live with disabilities that include: vision or hearing impairment, difficulty lifting or grasping things, or a mental or emotional impairment.

The Internet has introduced new challenges and many are often unable to participate in the Internet as either a consumer or employee. ADA compliance will open doors for more than half of these people who currently use the Internet.

How does ADA affect business?

In January 2017, the United States Access Board published a rule regarding information and communications technologies (ICTs). This changed standards specifically in areas developed, procured, maintained, or used by Federal agencies.

It addresses accessibility; such as how physical technology works with existing assistive technologies like JAWS, NVDA, braille keyboards, or voice-overs. These changes take effect in January 2018.

Though this rule directly refers only to standards for Federal agencies, the private sector is being hit by “drive-by” lawsuits. Individuals are surfing the web with the intent of finding accessibility violations on websites. Lawsuits are filed, sometimes without warning or complaint.

Though there is not yet an official standard for website accessibility, courts have referenced Website Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). Many courts are interpreting website accessibility as part of the currently existing standards for physical structures.

For example, in the recent South Florida ruling of Gill v. Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., a visually impaired man sued a chain grocery store. The judge considered Winn-Dixie’s website a connection to the physical stores because the website offered coupons, location information, and prescription refills.

What is WCAG and does it help?

Created to help guide web content creators and designers as they make their sites more accessible, WCAG is a set of standards directly linked to ADA compliance.

WCAG 2.0 offers 12 guidelines in the following four categories: Perceivable, Operable, Understandable, Robust. Each guideline contains testable “success criteria” which can be used to measure the usability of your website.

4 Steps To ADA Compliance

  1.  Determine your website’s compliance with WCAG 2.0 Level AA guidelines. While Level AAA is considered the most accessible, meeting all of these criteria isn’t always possible.
  2.  Conduct an internal audit. A number of free tools include: AChecker, WAVE, and Functional Accessibility Evaluator (F.A.E.). Currently, there is no officially approved audit tool.
  3.  If auditing your own site is not your area of expertise, look for help from a third party. At Aqua Vita, we can help you upgrade to an ADA compliant, user friendly, site that attracts this new customer base.
  4.  Have your web development team correct any violations discovered in the audit.

These legal requirements are looming on the horizon. They create a more usable and accessible website:

  1. Saves money and hassle now by protecting your business from costly, drive-by lawsuits.
  2. Builds a larger customer base.
  3. Provides PR with your local and web communities by letting them know you care for and serve those in need.

Though the accessibility guidelines require technical work, overall you can adapt while increasing your customer base and providing better services for your communities.

Want a free website ADA compliance audit?

Call (918) 513-6576 or contact us here!

 

26 Jun

Global Ransomware Attack Shakes Servers

Global ransomware attacks hit Europe, US, Russia

WEBSITE SERVER SECURITY THREAT

Here at Aqua Vita, we strive to provide the very best and safest services possible. Criminal hackers are constantly looking for a way to fatten their wallets by holding you and your resources ransom. Such an event just occurred globally this past week.

You may or may not have noticed some inconvenience when your web servers had some “unexpected maintenance.” Behind the scenes, our server techs at SiteGround battled a global ransomware attack. SiteGround won.

Read the BBC story here.

Within the hour, all our sites were back up safely.

 COMPANY DATA SECURITY

All around the globe, massive industries and companies were held hostage. Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant had to manually monitor its radiation levels. Another international server company could not fix the problem and paid 1M to recover their data. In the US, Merk and DLA Piper and other companies have been affected at the company level.

Kaspersky ransomware report & security tips

SiteGround techs said in the last two years they have only encountered two attacks of this magnitude. At AquaVita, we want to take a moment to celebrate the massive victory won for you, and to help you be prepared for the future.

Key Security Points

  • Update Windows
  • Backup key data
  • Check your security software to ensure ransomware detection

How Secure is Your Website?

Looking for a more secure option? Aqua Vita is here for you. Questions? Let us know!

Get a free 42-point website audit, including security, speed, and Google usability standards.

Call (918) 518-5907 today!

 

 

 

14 Jun

Fiamma

Fiamma Ristorante

At Fiamma, their passion is creating a matchless experience of good friends, Mediterranean alta cucina, or high cuisine, and fine wine.

Located in the rolling hills of northwestern Arkansas, Fiamma provides a true Italian experience using incredibly fresh and local ingredients that reflect the seasons of the local countryside.

With the combined experience of their Italian owner/restaurateur and Sicilian chef, Fiamma uses clean Mediterranean flavors including citrus, herbs, olive oils, tomatoes, African spices, Greek yogurt, and more in an unforgettable way that will leave you craving more.

Services:

  • Photography
  • Menu Design
  • Website Design
  • Mobile Website Design
  • Logo and Brand Design
  • Landing Page Creation & Design
09 Jun

Guy Engineering

Guy Engineering

Guy Engineering

Engineering safe and lasting infrastructure solutions for our communities.

Celebrating 30-year anniversary

After 30 years of service, Guy Engineering wanted to update their brand to reflect decades of trust built by getting the job done. Their company culture is enthusiastic, highly professional, and they truly care about our clients.

Concentrating on key markets

City, county, tribe, state, federal markets each have their own landing page on the site. These sales pages showcase certifications, relevant projects, and address bid requirements unique to each group.

Their responsive site serves both super-urban cell phone users and super-rural markets accessing the site via desktop computers.

Project Photos

A Wealth of Experience

To secure bids in a variety of markets, Guy demonstrates their vast project knowledge: survey & mapping, road & bridge design, bridge safety inspection, right of way acquisition and utility relocation, …and the list goes on.

In the Work gallery, users can choose any project category to see recent project pictures. Drilling down into project details, they can see the full history of each project.

A Culture of Excellence

As an ESOP with a passionate and experienced crew of engineers, specialists, and support staff, the Guy team creates a significant competitive advantage. On the Team page, each individual member’s credentials and expertise contribute to the Guy legacy.

Preparing for the future, a robust careers section gives potential recruits a glimpse into the Guy culture and principles.

08 Jun

Construction Seminars

Construction Seminars

Though Construction Seminars has worked with thousands of contractors to help them reach their goals, they came to Aqua Vita for help in reaching a greater audience with their services.

Aqua Vita Services:

  • Professional Photography and Unique Photo Session
  • Mobile Website Design: 54% of all Construction Seminars’ hits are from mobile devices. Yet, they were not equipped to serve the mobile community. Aqua Vita created a mobile website design to keep them competitive in their current market.
  • Website Design & Updates
  • Landing Page Creation & Design

Call today for your custom package!

Office Number: (918) 518-6576

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