Emerging Issues in Technology and the ADA
According to the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) representative on the "ADA Update: 22 Years Later" audio conference, the DOJ is looking at website access as part of their "emerging technologies" initiative.
Website Accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act
Below are some relevant links on the DOJ's position on the application of the ADA to website and other Internet technologies.
- Statement of Interest in the Netflix v. NAD : The DOJ issued a statement of interest in opposition to Netflix's motion for summary judgement. The DOJ stated that "Netflix, which operates its website and Watch Instantly service through computer servers and the Internet, is a public accommodation subject to title III of the ADA, even if it has no physical structure where customers come to access its services."
- Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities and Public Accommodations : The DOJ's Advance Notice of Public Rulemaking (ANPR) on Website Accessibility was issued in July 2010.
- Accessibility of State and Local Government Websites to People with Disabilities : The DOJ issued technical assistance to local and state government in 2003.
- DOJ's Response to Senator Tom Harkin on Website Accessibility : The technical assistance response letter was dated September 9, 1996
- WebAIM: Utah State University hosts the WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) program and website. WebAIM has been a leader and popular resource on website accessibility.
- W3C Web Accessibility Initiative: The W3C has developed the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 which is one of the "standards" proposed by the DOJ in the ANPR on website accessibility.
- Purdue University Web Accessibility Committee's Resource Page: The Purdue University Web Accessibility Committee has collected numerous resources on the topic, including links to their own internal policies.
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