Americans with Disabilities Act: Is Your Website Accessible?

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Illinois State Bar Association Diversity Matters Newsletter
June 2017

In the digital evolving world we live in, it is nearly unthinkable to run a successful business without a website. While companies spend most of their efforts on the appearance, functionality and user-friendliness of their sites, they often inadvertently overlook how well the website interfaces with screen reader and hearing assistive technologies used by those with visual and hearing disabilities.

In “Americans with Disabilities Act: Is Your Website Accessible?” Michael Wong discusses the recent implications surrounding the Americans Disabilities Act and what businesses should do to avoid a lawsuit.

Over the past few years, there has been a significant rise in ADA public accommodation lawsuits, alleging the company is violating Title III of the ADA because its website is not sufficiently accessible to individuals with disabilities.

As Mike addresses, until regulations are issued the only way for public and private entities to limit their exposure, and not face the threat of litigation, is to bring their websites into compliance with the currently recognized standard (WCAG 2.0 AA), with the understanding that it could always change…as technology often does.

Visit the Illinois State Bar Associations website here to read the full article.


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