Web accessibility plays an ever increasing role both because of the continued importance of the Internet in modern life and the development of clear standards and guidelines for accessible Web design. If you own, run, or contribute to a website, then you need to be thinking about Web accessibility.
There are a variety of modern laws and voluntary standards that govern accessibility in the US alone. The following provides a list of the different laws and standards that apply in the US:
- Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Industry-specific regulations such as HHS Incentives and the Air Carrier Access Act (ACAA)
Not sure what Web accessibility regulations apply to you? The legislation can be confusing. While requirements for the US public sector are very clear, this is not the case when it comes to private organizations. There is an increasing trend to carry government mandates for accessibility over to the private sector as well, and recent litigation that leans towards treating public-facing websites the same as any brick and mortar business.
Need Some Guidance on What Regulations Apply to You and How to Become Accessible?
Download our Guidance at a Glance: Web Accessibility whitepaper which offers you a snapshot of Web accessibility regulations in both the public and private sector, as well as international regulations should you have a multi-national presence.
The paper also includes steps you can take towards building a comprehensive Web accessibility program and the role technology solutions can play in achieving compliance.
Download Guidance at a Glance: Web Accessibility.