During our July 2021 “RIA Website Accessibility” Webinar, RIA Compliance Consultants, Natalie Hadley, and Greg Rogers from Outlook Business Solutions discussed the importance of the accessibility of investment adviser’s website.
The “RIA Website Accessibility Webinar” covered:
- What does accessibility mean?
- Market risk of not being accessible
- Legal risk of not being accessible
- How screen reader software works
- Tips for better accessibility
- How to add accessibility expertise to your development team
The purpose of this webinar was to promote digital accessibility of investment adviser’s website. Digital accessibility means all users have access to the same information, regardless of any disability they may have or the technology they may use to access that information.
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities recognizes access to information and communications technologies, including the Web, as a basic human right.
This is a sample investment adviser form which is intended to provide examples of how to promote the accessibility of investment adviser’s website to individuals with disabilities.
Although the services of RIA Compliance Consultants, Inc. do not include an accessibility review for purposes of ADA compliance and RIA Compliance Consultants is not expert in such matters, it is the understanding of RIA Compliance Consultants that these are common best accessibility practices that an investment adviser firm should consider for its website and electronic materials. These are merely best practices and should not be considered a comprehensive list of all accessibility practices which an investment adviser firm should consider for adoption with respect to its website and/or electronic materials. RCC recommends that an investment adviser firm retain a third-party organization that periodically audits an investment adviser’s website and electronic materials for purposes of meeting ADA requirements and WCAG guidelines. https://www.ria-compliance-consultants.com/webinar-slides-and-sample-forms/advertising-accessibility-best-practices-checklist/
The preceding link is a series of best practices compiled by the University of Washington about how to create an accessible online form.
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