Mar 21, 2021

Echo partners with accessiBe to bring full accessibility to websites.

Why accessibility matters

Today, by the power of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), every business website has to be accessible to people with disabilities. The Law prohibits discrimination based on disability by places of “public accommodation”, meaning websites or brick-and-mortar facilities. People with disabilities, specifically those who are blind or visually impaired, have been filing lawsuits against businesses over website accessibility issues and many of them were winning. From 2017 to 2018, the number of federal website accessibility lawsuits nearly tripled, from 814 to 2258, according to the law firm Seyfarth Shaw. This number keeps on growing.

With this alarming shift, our team has been searching for different solutions. Until now the alternative solutions involved hiring a company or a web accessibility expert that would manually change the website’s code or install a web accessibility plugin. However, we were not satisfied with either of those solutions because they were expensive, slow, and ineffective in the long run (manual) or they cannot achieve full compliance (plugins can reach approximately only 20% of the WCAG 2.1 recommendations).

Recently we found an automatic, simple, and affordable solution- an AI automatic system that can achieve full ADA compliance within 48 hours. The company that developed the system is accessiBe. After reviewing their system and testing it on our own website, we decided to partner with accessiBe.

What is accessiBe?

accessiBe an AI-powered solution that is revolutionizing the accessibility industry by making web accessibility effortless, automatic, immediate, affordable, and most importantly, in compliance with the WCAG 2.1, ADA, Section 508 and other worldwide legislation. Applying AI to web accessibility applications is a revolutionary concept, consisting of three significant advantages:

How does it work?

accessiBe involves a 5-minute installation of a JS code that scans, analyzes, and solves accessibility compliance gaps in up to 48 hours. accessiBe presents a toolset for people with disabilities to apply session-based adjustments as an overlay to your website, according to their needs, and without interfering with a website’s codebase, loading times, UI, or design.

After the first 48 hours, accessiBe will re-scan and re-analyze your website every 24 hours to ensure that any new content, widgets, or pages are also adapted and thereby compliant with the WCAG 2.1 and ADA standards. After reviewing their system and testing it on our own website, we decided to offer the same solution to all of our clients.

How much does accessiBe cost?

The annual price is $490 per domain. For your convenience, we have a short video on accessiBe’s AI solution and a more in-depth explanation of the system’s technology, main features and it works. We believe accessiBe can address the accessibility needs of your website in a fast, affordable and effective way.

How to get started?

Getting started is easy. Simply contact us at 630-300-3288 or send us a note via our contact form to let us know you have an interest. We’ll coordinate everything from there.