The Website and Software Accessibility Act Has Been Introduced
Sep 30 2022
US institutions for the blind and people with disabilities are urging congress to move quickly on ’The Website and Software Accessibility Act’ introduced by Senator Tammy Duckworth and Congressman John Sarbanes on September 29th, 2022.
A joint press release has been issued by the following organizations: The American Council of the Blind (ACB), the American Foundation for the Blind (AFB), the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN), and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB).
Joint Press Release: Senator Duckworth and Representative Sarbanes Introduce Bill to Make Websites and Mobile Applications Accessible to Individuals with Disabilities https://www.acb.org/senator-duckworth-and-representative-sarbanes-introduce-bill-to-make-web-applications-accessible (opens in a new window)
The intention of the Bill
To create legislation that would require:
'The Department of Justice and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to establish a clear and enforceable uniform national framework for website and software application accessibility, reaffirm that existing disability rights law covers websites and software applications, and ensure that accessibility standards keep pace with new and emerging technologies.'
What impact will this have?
Commercial and societal values need to address accessibility, as the pressure on compliance is continuing to build. This bill will bring clarity about what is required by organizations, and the ‘must act’ pressure that comes from legislation.
'We need uniform, consistent standards that lay out what true digital accessibility is and provide adequate mechanisms to enforce it.’ Stated Congressman Sarbane.
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