New Web Accessibility Guidance from the DOJ

Today the Department of Justice issued guidance on web accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act. Stressing the importance of internet accessibility, the guidance states:  

“A website with inaccessible features can limit the ability of people with disabilities to access a public accommodation’s goods, services, and privileges available through that website—for example, a veterans’ service organization event registration form.

For these reasons, the Department has consistently taken the position that the ADA’s requirements apply to all the goods, services, privileges, or activities offered by public accommodations, including those offered on the web.”

The guidance references the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines and the Section 508 Standards as technical standards that can provide guidance in creating accessible websites. 

Pointing to a number of sample cases with government and businesses, the Department of Justice also confirmed its commitment to using its enforcement authority to ensure website accessibility. 

Read the full guidance online.