DOJ moving forward to make websites ADA compliant

Here is a big ADA (Disability act) issue that is running below the radar. It appears that this ‘rule’ could effect even small bloggers who run links to Amazon to sell a few items, or link to a business.

This question was sent to me by reader Comrade Matrix

Question for you…have you heard about this website requirement?

We just got a call from one of our Dealers. He asked if we knew that websites had to be ADA compliant.    I had not heard of this before, but apparently he is being sued by a law firm because his is not.  His website is fairly new so I was surprised.  Is this for real?

Yes, Virginia, there is going to be requirements that websites must be ADA compliant. Looks like the target date is April 16, 2016. Though the DOJ is already settling cases including massive fines.

Getting ready for ADA website regulations – Overlawyered

…making a website accessible to disabled users centers on design and functionality. The complexity of achieving this objective varies by the “type of content, the size and complexity of the site, and the development tools and environment,” according to the World Wide Web Consortium. But hundreds of design options exist to make a website accessible; WGAC 2.0 [the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines] alone provides 206 options. These include, but are not limited to, providing links to definitions, removing time limits for activities, providing spoken word versions of text, and ensuring keyboard control for all website functions.

As I’ve said more than once, I view the Department of Justice’s much-delayed plans to mandate “accessibility” of websites under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) as perhaps the single most under-reported and alarming regulation that I know of in the federal pipeline. Here is a June rundown from Porter Wright attorneys Bob Morgan and Melissa Barnett of the state of play on the issue. It notes, as has our coverage, that even without getting around to issuing regs, DoJ is busy using ADA settlements to impose its views of accessibility on businesses it sues.

From Overlawyered


7 Responses to “DOJ moving forward to make websites ADA compliant”

  1. Steve Dennis Says:

    This is the first I remember hearing of this! If this goes through it will put quite a few of us in the dark, which of course is what the plan really is all about.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      They seriously want the blind to be able to use the web and read blogs. Give me a break. First salvo to losing the internet.

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  2. comradematrix Says:

    Thanks Bunker for looking into this. I understand the need for people with disabilities have access BUT its the vultures in litigation that kill small business. Even if one of these ‘regs’ is missing – you’re fined. The regs aren’t even published and small business is subject to fines. Compliance in the name of ADA is just another money making bullying device employed by this administration’s “justice” department that never met a regulation they didn’t like.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      The best part is that it is the Blind who are behind much of this. So websites in the future have to be accessible to the blind? How many could possibly comply? Like you said, just a money maker for lawyers.

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      • comradematrix Says:

        The NFB in this instance sounds like a front group for grievances the blind didn’t know they had. This is what happened to Target when they got ‘targeted’ in 2006:
        -> Target Corporation settled the class action lawsuit filed by NFB in August 2008 and paid class damages of $6 million.
        -> The ruling set a landmark precedent ‘encouraging’ online retailers to incorporate accessibility measures into their websites.
        -> The settlement required Target’s progress in making the Target website accessible to be monitored by the NFB (‘monitored compliance’), and that the site be fully accessible by February 28, 2009.
        -> The National Federation of the Blind was awarded reasonable attorney’s fees and costs of $3,738,864.96.8
        -> Target’s own legal costs have not been published.

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    • bunkerville Says:

      thanks again.


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