US Accessibility Laws: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Business
US Accessibility Laws: What You Need to Know to Protect Your BusinessHeld On: Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Length: 1.5 hours
Speaker: Ken Nakata, Director, Accessibility Consulting Practice, Cryptzone
Target Audience: Anyone who needs to understand the laws impacting website design for persons with disabilities and the standards that should be met.
Skill Level: Beginner
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Overview: Your company’s website is a vital way to keep in touch with your customers, but it can also get your company in trouble if it isn’t designed correctly. Around the country, plaintiff’s lawyers are suing private companies, educational institutions, and government agencies for having websites that are inaccessible to people with disabilities. Civil rights laws like the ADA require that businesses offer people with disabilities with the same access to content and information as everyone else — and failing to do so can result in serious fines and penalties. This webinar will arm participants with the information they need to avoid liability and prepare for the future. It will provide a high level overview of the standard, called Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA, that should be followed for your website.
This session will cover the following areas:
An introduction to accessibility laws
- ADA Title III
- California Unruh Act
- Practical implications (ramps, parking, sign language interpretation, etc)
- Consequences of non-compliance (private lawsuits, DOJ investigations, treble damages, etc).
- Resources on the ADA
- Applicable Laws
Applying accessibility laws to the web
- Challenges applying accessibility laws to the internet and how the courts have interpreted applying accessibility laws to the internet
- How DOJ and private litigants have interpreted applying accessibility laws to the internet
Where is the law heading?
- Private litigation and settlement agreements
- DOJ rulemaking
- Practical Advice and safe harbors
What does it mean for a site to be “accessible”
- WCAG 2.0 AA
Move towards websites accessibility
- Different approaches based on different challenges (types of organizations)
- New content versus existing content
- Training, automated testing, etc.
- Incorporating an accessibility statement
- Assessing websites for accessibility
Hiring a developer to ensure your site is accessible
- Contract provisions
- Remediation testing
- Mobile apps
- PDFs and other electronic documents
I’ve been sued!! Now what do I do??
- Outside counsel
Develop an accessibility plan
- Remediate existing content
- Plan for future content
- Create an accessibility statement and commit to it
- Move towards websites accessibility
- Understand the US accessibility laws and how they apply to the web.
- Understand what it means to be accessible and meet WCAG 2.0 AA standards.
- Understanding the steps to be taken towards making a website accessible.
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