Should you use an accessibility overlay tool?

Many organizations are seeking quick, low-cost accessibility compliance solutions to avoid litigation and ensure their website is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 508. And there are many vendors out there that promise to provide one-click compliance with accessibility overlay tools. Sound too good to be true? That’s because it probably is.
Let’s take a detailed dive into the drawbacks of using an accessibility overlay tool, and why this approach to accessibility is inherently flawed.
Accessibility overlay tools are automated software solutions that claim to detect and fix web accessibility issues. Overlay tools work by modifying the code of a web page with a snippet of JavaScript – and promise to ensure your website’s accessibility.
It sounds appealingly simple. Just insert a code, and your website will be 100% accessible. But overlay tools are no silver bullet for web accessibility. In practice, these tools are limited in scope and don’t constitute a full compliance solution.

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