Newly Signed in 2024: Historic ‘Final Rule’ On Better Web Accessibility For All

Newly Signed: Historic ‘Final Rule’ On Better Web Accessibility For Everyone

How does the newly signed ADA promise better web accessibility for everyone?

Over 30 years ago, the ADA was signed into law with a primary focus on accessibility in the physical world. Finally, the digital world we all inhabit is catching up.

Early last week, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced the signing of what it described in a press release as a “final rule” under  Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act. 

The agency said the ruling:

“[ensures] the accessibility of web content and mobile applications for people with disabilities [and] clarifies the obligations of state and local governments to make their websites and mobile applications accessible.”

Here’s a brief overview of the decree and what it means to us as a company spreading website accessibility in North America.

Cutting to the chase: the DOJ’s ruling on better website accessibility

The decree mandates that state and local governments comply with standards that make their technologies more accessible to the disability community. Subsequently, it advances the ADA’s promise of equal social participation for people with disabilities.

Says the DOJ: “If these technologies are not accessible, it can be difficult or impossible for people with disabilities to access critical services,” adding the consequence of inaccessibility will mean the exclusion of disabled people from “accessing public services that other people routinely use.”

A draft of the DOJ’s ruling (PDF) can be found on its website.

A fact sheet with detailed info on the ruling is on the ADA’s website.

This latest rule marks a significant milestone in the evolution of website accessibility worldwide. Here’s why that’s so important to us right now.

Alan’s Thoughts on Better Website Accessibility in 2024

Like the Justice Department, Alan Aldous believes no person should be denied access to digital media because of a disability or because a website does not adapt for those with difficulty seeing, hearing or processing large amounts of text.

We believe in having clear and consistent accessibility standards for digital content in the United States (and Canada!). Also, making technology accessible to people with disabilities is an important value to uphold.

As our lives have become increasingly dependent on digital activities like banking, communication, and participating in our communities, it’s clear that this reach must extend online. This rule represents an important stride towards levelling the playing field and ensuring equal participation for all in our increasingly digital lives.

Kudos to the many public servants across the Department, led by the Civil Rights Division, for their tremendous work on this rule.

How Did We Get Involved in Delivering Better Website Accessibility Solutions?

What began as a compliance-driven endeavour to make our website accessible has evolved into a broader vision of universal access.

Alan Aldous has made it our mission to make the internet a more inclusive place for disabled people. And we are determined to be part of a seismic shift in how companies approach digital accessibility.

To do so, we have partnered with Accessibe to bring easy-to-use, plug-in-and-go, adaptable technology to the masses in North America, from e-commerce sites to educational institutions to government websites.

Conclusion: Call Us If You’re Feeling Accessibility-Curious

We love answering questions about accessibility in digital media, social media, websites, webinars, and online courses.

Are you a business owner offering these tools and want to make them more accessible to a larger audience?

Or maybe you’d just like to see a preview of what your website would look like with accessibility software installed.

Feeling accessibility-curious? Contact us for a free website accessibility check.

Call us at 647-696-0645 to discuss or join our email list to stay on top of the latest web accessibility topics.

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