Fw: Justice Department Issues Web Accessibility Guidance Under the Americans with Disabilities Act
I thought this might be of interest to Lions, because of the state of Lions
web sites. Who knows where this will go, but we shall see.
Subject: Justice Department Issues Web Accessibility Guidance Under the
Americans with Disabilities Act
Justice Department Issues Web Accessibility Guidance Under the Americans
with Disabilities Act Today, the Department of Justice released guidance on
the obligations of public entities (such as state and local governments) and
businesses open to the public with regard to website accessibility. This
guidance comes less than a month after 181 organizations signed a letter to
the Department of Justice calling for regulations on the accessibility of
websites and applications.
This guidance covers why website accessibility matters, examples of
barriers, and when the ADA requires websites to be accessible. It also
provides high-level resources for how to make websites accessible and states
that Web Accessibility for People with Disabilities Is a Priority for the
Department of Justice.
Although this guidance links to commonly used accessibility standards, until
the Department of Justice issues regulations clarifying what covered
entities are required to do to meet their ADA obligations, many
accessibility barriers will persist. In addition, it will be imperative for
the Department of Justice to address how applications, like those that are
downloaded to a smartphone, are covered under the ADA.
Because these and other issues still need to be defined, we continue to call
on the Department of Justice to issue enforceable regulations by the end of
the current administration. Still, we are extremely pleased that the
Department of Justice has taken this issue seriously and put out guidance
that will help public agencies and businesses understand how important
website accessibility is for people with disabilities. We look forward to
watching how the Department of Justice carries this important priority
forward to create a digitally inclusive society for everyone.