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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is intended to “prohibit discrimination and guarantee that people with disabilities have the same opportunities 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.”
The ADA was enacted in 1990, long before the rise of everyday electronic communications. Today, the Nation is, in many ways, a “gig” economy. We transact business and provide goods and services – both private and public – through, among other things, websites. As that economy expands, a trend that is exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, websites are increasingly turned to for commercial and government services. Are websites subject to the ADA? What standards apply to websites and are those standards changed? What can be the consequences for failure to comply with the ADA or its State equivalents? And what can be done to mitigate risk and defend against claims that a website is not in compliance?
Please join the Honorable Bernice Bouie Donald of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Stacey L. Turmel of The Internet is for Everyone, LLC and Ronald J. Hedges of Dentons US LLP as they examine:
- History of the ADA and the existing Circuit split on its applicability to websites – 15 minutes
- Current and contemplated standards for compliance of websites – 15 minutes
- Consequences for failure to comply with the ADA or its State equivalents – 15 minutes
- Defense, risk avoidance and mitigation – 45 minutes