ADA stands for Americans with Disabilities Act. The Americans with Disabilities Act is a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all other places open to the general public, including digital assets such as websites and applications.Book a meeting with an expert
What is the ADA?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is landmark legislation that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities, aiming to facilitate equality in all areas of public life.
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What do you need to know about ADA compliance?
While the language of the law specifies physical spaces, as it was penned before the Internet even existed (the first website went up in 1991), it clearly invokes principles of accessibility, not narrow guidelines.
Why is ADA Title III relevant to you?
The relevance of ADA Title III to you lies in its application to the private sector and non-profit organizations, ensuring non-discriminatory rules. While initially focused on physical places, the revised Title III Regulation clarifies that it also applies to websites. The Department of Justice has taken the position that Title III covers web accessibility for public accommodations. Although specific regulatory language is lacking, recent developments suggest the importance of preliminary protection and striving for ADA compliance to mitigate potential lawsuits. The increase in ADA Title III cases, exemplified by the National Federation of Blind v. Target Corp. case in 2006, highlights the need for accessible websites linked to physical stores. Companies have learned that courts rely on independent standards like WCAG for determining ADA compliance.
ADA Compliance standards
What is the ADA compliance standard?
A cloud of ambiguity shrouds this issue. ADA Title III does not articulate specific web accessibility standards, though it does note that Congress will thoroughly address this issue in the future.
Section 508 is an updated revision of 1973’s Rehabilitation Act, defining and including web accessibility terms.
I fall under the SMB category, am I protected?
Small and midsize businesses are not immune to ADA Title III lawsuits. While high-profile cases draw most attention from the press, a majority of claims are actually filed against SMBs.
ADA compliance for Title I & Title II
Title I of the ADA ensures non-discriminatory employment rules, prohibiting discrimination against qualified individuals with disabilities in various aspects of employment. This title applies to organizations with 15 or more employees, including state and local governments. While there have been relatively few web accessibility-related lawsuits filed under Title I so far.
Title II of the ADA extends non-discriminatory rules to state and local government services and programs. It aims to facilitate access and protection for individuals with disabilities. This title applies to all services and activities offered by public entities. Built upon Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II ensures accessibility in government agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. The goal is to enable individuals with disabilities to benefit from public sector services and activities, promoting inclusivity for all citizens.
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