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For the first time the Unified Regulatory Agenda breaks out all agency regulatory action into three categories:

  • Active
  • Long-term
  • Inactive

The agenda does not define these terms. However, it appears only the active and long-term matters receive a description and project deadlines.

This is the Trump Administration’s first Agenda and it reveals DOJ has placed web accessibility among other things under Title II and III of the ADA on the Inactive List.

Read more on the Unified Regulatory Agenda on the ADA Title III Blog

The California Dental Association (CDA) has responded to member calls and a recent communication from the American Dental Association regarding the need for website accessibility by adding a section on website accessibility to its AwDA-related resources.

The CDA has made, Americans with Disabilities ACT and Disability Rights Laws, available to its members for download on the CDA Practice Support webpage. This provides background on the federal law and offers members guidance on complying to the federal and state physical accessibility standards, requirements for communication with people who have hearing impairments and a Q-and-A with links to resources and the newly added guidance on ensuring practices websites are in compliance with the AwDA.

You can read more on the CDA’s new web accessibility resources on the CDA’s website

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has said that it doesn’t expect regulations for accessibility for non-government websites until 2018. More than five years ago in 2010 the agency released an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability; Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities and Public Accommodations. In summary, the DOJ is considering revising the regulation implementing title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in order to establish requirement for making the goods, services, facilities, privileges, accommodation or advantages offered by public accommodations via the Internet, specifically at sites on the World Wide Web (Web), accessible to individuals with disabilities.

 In a recent Statement of Regulatory Priorities the DOJ stated that, “The Department is including for disability nondiscrimination rulemaking initiative in its Regulatory plan,” among other things, “Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Governments.” However, it goes on to state that this and other priorities in the rule making agenda, “will be included in the Departments long-term actions for fiscal years 2017 and 2018.” 

Trying to determine how accessible your campus is can be a daunting task. There are so many business and educational processes to assess, and it will encompass practically every unit within the institution. How do you even begin to determine if you have processes defined and resources allocated to build an accessible IT infrastructure?

One of the recent projects I got to help lead with the EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group was the creation the IT Accessibility Risk Statements and Evidence document. This resource was created by higher education accessibility experts from all over the country to help campus leaders begin to assess where their risks are in their IT accessibility implementations.

For $9 a month Scribd subscribers can read unlimited ebook titles. However, District Court Judge William Sessions ruled last Thursday that the ADA Lawsuit filed against Scribd will be moving forward. While the service is popular it is not accessible to people who are blind or have low vision.

Scribd’s argument was: "the ADA does not apply to website operators whose goods or services are not made available at a physical location open to the public.” However, Judge Session disagreed stating, "The fact that the ADA does not include web-based services as a specific example of a public accommodation is irrelevant because such services did not exist when the ADA was passed and because Congress intended the ADA to adapt to changes in technology."

The Department of Justice (DOJ) published a proposed rule. The rule is to expand the definition of the term “disability” under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The revision is an effort to make the Title II, which applies to the state and local governments, and Title III, which applies to public accommodations, regulatory definition of the term “disability” consistent with the definition of that term contained in the ADA Amendment Act of 2008.

The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking states that post-secondary educational institutions and entities that provide test administration services due to the increased number of people who will have qualifying disabilities are the public accommodations to be impacted, entitling them to test-taking accommodations.  The DOJ estimates the monetary impact of the rule on public accommodations to be $382 million over the next eleven years.

Kathy Wahlbin, CEO and Founder of Interactive Accessibility and invited expert for the W3C WCAG 2.0 Working Group, Mobile Accessibility Task Force and WCAG 2.0 Evaluation Methodology Task Force, is presenting tonight at PixelMEDIA in Portsmouth New Hampshire. Kathy will discuss how the accessibility is changing and impacting today’s businesses. In addition, she will look at some of the coding and testing techniques that help bring websites and other digital content into compliance with WCAG 2.0 and Section 508.

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