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Overview

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is intended to “prohibit[] discrimination and guarantee[] that people with disabilities have the same opportunities as everyone else to participate in the mainstream of American life -- to enjoy employment opportunities, to purchase goods and services, and to participate in State and local government programs and services.”  Specifically, under the ADA, state and local governments along with certain business organizations are required to provide accommodations to people with disabilities so they can have the same level of access to goods and services as everyone else, including business websites and mobile apps.

For the past 10 years the DOJ has remained mostly silent on the issue of website accessibility.  Despite repeated bipartisan and organizational requests, the DOJ has yet to promulgate any website accessibility regulations, which silence has led to an onslaught of private litigation. However, in March of 2022, the DOJ publicly released its "Guidance on Web Accessibility and the ADA" purportedly establishing "how state and local governments and businesses open to the public can make sure that their websites are accessible to people with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)."  Did it really help?  Join expert faculty as they discuss:

  • History of DOJ's position and enforcement actions related to Web Accessibility (15 minutes)
  • What clarification, if any, did the recent DOJ's Guidance on Web Accessibility and ADA provide to demonstrate how local governments and businesses can make their websites accessible? (30 minutes)
  • Update on the recent trend of DOJ Web Accessibility enforcement actions and key takeaways from the settlement terms and conditions (15 minutes)

 

 

Faculty:

 

Ronald J. Hedges

Dentons US LLP

 

Stacey L. Turmel

The Internet is for Everyone

 

 

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