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.
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.
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.
The Brain Injury Association of America (BIAA) has designated March as Brain Injury Awareness Month. The Bureau of Internet Accessibility fully supports disability awareness initiatives, including Brain Injury Awareness Month during the month of March. We encourage readers to get involved in whatever ways best suit them.
Making the process of filing taxes more accessible needs to be a multifaceted initiative. The IRS, state governments, and third-party financial companies must all work in unison to improve their web accessibility efforts if they wish to better serve the one in five Americans with a disability.
During a government shutdown, all non-essential activity terminates, and employees not involved in essential activities are placed on furlough. In the vast majority of cases, this includes civil litigation in the federal courts, including ADA lawsuits.
Increasingly, state and local government websites are leveraging video for a variety of purposes: promoting tourism, issuing storm warnings, updating viewers on new urban development projects, informing citizens how to vote, releasing messages from the mayor’s office, and other important happenings. Being truly inclusive when building your website means that your videos must be accessible to everyone — including people with disabilities.
By connecting citizens with their government and providing access to information, the web is one of the most powerful tools of democracy. Unfortunately, far too many local government websites still have one big barrier for many of their users: accessibility.
Without experience implementing web accessibility, it’s difficult to know where to begin. Even if you think that you’ve taken steps to become more accessible, you might have overlooked some of the difficulties that people with vision, hearing, motor, or learning disabilities might encounter when navigating and using your website. The good news is that you can take steps today to make your website more accessible to users and protect yourself from lengthy and complicated litigation.
Not only does increased web accessibility help you maximize the number of people visiting your site, but it also is increasingly legally enforced, which leads to lawsuits and other legal implications for companies that don’t take the necessary steps to meet current accessibility requirements.
Web accessibility is not a trend; it's the law. If your website is not accessible to people with disabilities, or does not comply with disability standards, your business may be at risk for a lawsuit.
New standards built on the EU’s 2016 Web and Mobile Accessibility Directive, go further by not only extending the standards to specifically address mobile apps, but also by making the standards binding for member states.
The lack of oversight for website accessibility requirements denies rights to people with disabilities and puts companies at risk of litigation. This issue recently returned to the center stage in a case against a well-known franchise that resulted in a judge's unprecedented call to the U.S. Department of Justice to weigh on the breadth of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regarding web accessibility.
Since 2015, there have been more than 250 federal lawsuits filed in the U.S. against various entities regarding accessibility. This highlights the need to have a clear and comprehensive bill that addresses all aspects of digital accessibility at a federal level.
A VPAT, or Voluntary Product Accessibility Template, is a document that allows your company or organization to provide a comprehensive analysis of your conformance to accessibility standards set by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act.
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) includes accessibility standards for key areas of everyday life such as customer service,information and communications, employment,built environment, and transportation.
As individuals are deciding to take a stand and take website accessibility cases to courts, more companies and organizations are going to be forced to reconsider their websites and make the decision to accommodate all people.
By not following through on the promised steps toward a more transparent standard for website accessibility, President Trump and the DOJ are unwittingly contributing to the ongoing flurry of website accessibility lawsuits.
The OCR investigates legitimate complaints about rights violations. Organizations across the country are being notified by the OCR that their websites are not compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Whereas the digital divide focuses on access to ICT (or lack thereof), digital inclusion is meant to be a practical, policy-driven approach that addresses the needs of individuals and communities as a whole.
Increasing a company's website accessibility is always a good idea and will ultimately add to your bottom line.
The internet's ability to connect people of different backgrounds and abilities with information and services makes web accessibility crucial for all organizations. This includes federal procurement bodies, which subscribe to web accessibility and technology standards when opening the public purse.
December 12, 2015 marked the date that the US Department of Transportation (DOT) regulation went into effect, requiring all aviation websites be accessible to everyone to “ensure that passengers with disabilities have equal access to the same air travel-related information and services that are available to passengers without disabilities through airline websites and airport kiosks”.
The United States Department of Education (DOE) entered into an agreement with Youngstown State University (www.ysu.edu) to ensure that the school’s Websites comply with federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination on the basis of disability.
India's government realizes the need to combat discrimination of people with disabilities, hence approving the National Policy on Universal Electronic Accessibility, which will facilitate equal access to electronics and information and communications technologies (ICTs).