The ADA hurdle your institution might still need to clear

first_imgIn 1990, before we used computers for nearly everything, Congress passed the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA. The act ensured that people with disabilities would have the same opportunities as everyone else. In the past few weeks, banks and credit unions have begun receiving demand letters from a law firm in Pittsburgh that has filed dozens of website lawsuits in federal district court contending that defendant’s websites are not accessible to blind and visually impaired consumers.As this is an increasing concern in courts and with the DOJ, financial institutions need to make sure their accessibility accommodations don’t fall behind.ADA LatelyWhile websites were not specifically covered in the ADA, the Department of Justice issued a legal opinion in 1996, stating, “Covered entities that use the Internet for communications regarding their programs, goods or services must be prepared to offer these communications through accessible means, as well.” Additionally, in 2010, the DOJ filed an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would amend the language of the ADA to explicitly prohibit discrimination with respect to websites. While no specific ADA website standards exist, the DOJ has been insistent in enforcing website accessibility, and regulations on website accessibility are almost certainly in our future. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

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