Is There a Legal Requirement to Implement WCAG?

August 22, 2019 1:20:52 PM EDT

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are often referred to as the gold standard in accessibility and they are widely respected as providing the best path to accessibility compliance — but does the law actually require WCAG compliance?

IRS Getting Sued for Not Providing Accessible Alternatives to Blind Taxpayers

August 7, 2019 9:59:00 AM EDT

A blind taxpayer, Karen Rose, alleges the IRS provided only printed letters she couldn't read. As a result, she wasn't aware she owed nearly $25,000 in taxes and $1,500 in interest and penalties. Ms. Rose, two other blind individuals, and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) are suing the IRS.

Senators Push Attorney General Barr for Answers on Web Accessibility Under the ADA

August 3, 2019 9:48:16 AM EDT

On July 30, Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley, joined by six other senators, sent a letter to U.S. Attorney General Barr asking the Department of Justice (DOJ) to clarify how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to web sites. 

Happy 29th Birthday ADA

July 26, 2019 10:25:00 AM EDT

Today the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turns twenty-nine.

The ADA was signed into law by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. It was a monumental and pivotal moment in the course of history for disability rights.

Not a Single 2020 Presidential Candidate's Website is Fully Accessible to People with Disabilities

June 28, 2019 4:20:38 PM EDT

The websites of twenty two presidential candidates for the 2020 election were tested for accessibility by the Miami Lighthouse for the Blind, and the results are in: "Not one website – Democrat or Republican – was fully accessible for a blind or visually impaired person to navigate."

How Widely Used is WCAG?

May 28, 2019 10:25:59 AM EDT

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) are often called the most accepted and universal standards for web accessibility — but how widespread is WCAG really?

Do state and local government websites have to be accessible?

April 25, 2019 11:05:07 AM EDT

It can be tricky to keep track of rapid changes in accessibility perception, laws, and lawsuits, and to understand which laws apply to certain websites. So, do state and local government websites have to be accessible?

Remembering Martin Luther King Jr. and Acknowledging Digital Accessibility as a Civil Right

January 21, 2019 9:20:00 AM EST

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led a life so impactful, marked by such rare courage and strength of character, that words like "extraordinary" and "inspiring" knowingly fall short — well short. To honor his legacy and recognize that his leadership directly changed the course of American history — not just for the lives of the marginalized groups he fought and ultimately died for, but for the enlightened consciousness of an entire nation — we celebrate him on the third Monday of January each year.

2018 Web Accessibility Recap: What Happened This Year?

December 31, 2018 11:15:00 AM EST

2018 is in our rear-view mirror, which means that now is the perfect opportunity to look back on some of the most important events in web accessibility from the past year. From WCAG 2.1 to ADA lawsuits, it's been an eventful one.

President Trump Signs the 21st Century IDEA Act

December 28, 2018 10:27:16 AM EST

A development in accessibility legislation, the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experiences Act, was presented to President Trump on December 13 and signed into law on December 20, 2018, and should change web accessibility for users and content creators of government websites. The 21st Century IDEA Act was passed by the Senate earlier this month without amendment by unanimous consent. Legislation like this bill hopefully will take a more astringent approach to enforcing minimum standards for accessibility, ease of use, and security.

Department of Education Updates Complaints Process, Reopens Hundreds of Web Accessibility Complaints

December 10, 2018 1:10:00 PM EST

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) recently announced big changes to its Case Processing Manual (CPM), removing the OCR's ability to dismiss complaints it deems an "unreasonable burden" and reinstating the opportunity to appeal.

New York State is Holding Listening Sessions to Study Accessibility of Ride Sharing for People with Disabilities

November 16, 2018 5:11:35 PM EST

Earlier this week, the New York State Transportation Network Company Accessibility Task Force announced it will be holding public listening sessions in November and December. The purpose of these sessions is to study the accessibility of the state's ride sharing services for people with disabilities.

Section 508 Compliance Testing for Websites

October 31, 2018 5:51:11 PM EDT

The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by federal agencies and contractors. Section 508 was added in 1998 to require their electronic and information technology (EIT) be made accessible to both employees and the public.

What is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM)?

October 15, 2018 1:35:00 PM EDT

National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM) is a celebration of the value and talents that people with disabilities bring to the workforce — but it's also a reminder of the challenges and discrimination employees with disabilities sometimes face. Read about NDEAM and get resources to help promote workplace equality.

Digital Accessibility and the Hiring Process

October 10, 2018 2:20:35 PM EDT

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects people with disabilities from discriminatory hiring practices from pre-employment through their last day on the job. See how web accessibility applies to the hiring process.

Why does the ADA Consider WCAG Compliance a Requirement?

October 3, 2018 12:29:00 PM EDT

The Americans with Disabilities Act provides civil rights protection to people with disabilities, prohibiting discrimination based on disability. WCAG serves as the standard in web accessibility guidelines. So, does the ADA require WCAG compliance?

Back to School: Why Web Accessibility is Important for Education

September 6, 2018 1:48:17 PM EDT

It's back to school time! As an integral part of a fair and appropriate public education (FAPE), web accessibility helps students of all ages and abilities to be able to access online course content, understand video lectures, take quizzes and tests, and use class resources appropriately.

Attorneys General Urge Action and Clarity from Jeff Sessions, DOJ on Web Accessibility

August 1, 2018 12:50:46 PM EDT

19 Attorneys General have petitioned United States Attorney General Jeff Sessions to formalize web accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

2018’s Flood of Accessibility Lawsuits

July 12, 2018 12:38:48 PM EDT

The ongoing delay in the release of federal accessibility guidelines has contributed to the giant increase in website accessibility lawsuits in 2018. With the lack of a federal directive by the DOJ, law firms are actively pursuing suits, resulting in a large spike in the number of web accessibility cases being filed.

Whats new in WCAG 2.1?

July 10, 2018 10:07:33 AM EDT

June 5th, 2018 saw the first evolution of the WCAG standards in a decade with the release of WCAG 2.1. These new recommendations include updates to address mobile devices, as well as to better serve people with low vision and cognitive difficulties.

What the 4th of July Means for Accessibility

July 3, 2018 1:32:50 PM EDT

In America, the declaration of the nation’s commitment that people with disabilities are afforded the same levels of freedom and independence as everyone else is demonstrated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The legislation details the ways in which the federal government ensures that state and local government services, public accommodations and commercial facilities must accommodate the needs of people with disabilities.

PTSD Awareness Day

June 26, 2018 11:00:00 AM EDT

National Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Awareness Day is dedicated to helping people better understand PTSD and its impacts on so many in our society. For people living with PTSD, fully accessible online services are an integral part of ensuring access to vital services.

Why Web Accessibility Is Important for Summer Vacation

June 21, 2018 10:43:25 AM EDT

As summer vacation begins, parents, businesses, and governments should all work to ensure that everyone, including children with disabilities, can enjoy facilities such as zoos, museums, public parks, and beaches. Web accessibility can play a vital role in helping people with disabilities find and interact with public and private facilities this summer.

How New Web Accessibility Regulations Affect Healthcare Providers

May 31, 2018 11:42:37 AM EDT

Two recent regulations from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services make it clear that web accessibility must be a priority for healthcare providers.

Is Website Accessibility Required Under the ADA

April 24, 2018 11:18:06 AM EDT

Although it doesn’t explicitly mention them, the ADA has been widely interpreted to extend to websites. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of how web accessibility is a requirement under the ADA.

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