The requirement for websites to comply with the ADA is not going away. Organizations that choose to ignore this will face litigation, negative public opinion, and much higher costs than those that take immediate action. In the same way that we expect buildings to accommodate people living with disabilities, inclusivity for all is expected online.
The Government of the United States is required by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 USC § 794d) to make their technologies (including websites) accessible.Section 508
Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990, also referred to as the ADA, (42 U.S.C. § 12101). Title II state and local government with Title III regulating commercial facilities.ADA
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2 is developed through the W3C process in cooperation with individuals and organizations around the world.WCAG
Purpose: Website accessibility makes electronic and information technology accessible to people with disabilities of all kinds e.g., color blindness and visual, cognitive or hearing disabilities.
Along with Federal 508, ADA requirements, state level regulations are also being added (CA UNRUH & CDE CA gov code 7405, CO HB-1100). Added to this are growing industry requirements, for instance, CPCA has specific accessibility directions, another example being the compliance needs under AACA, impacting airlines using US Airspace.