DID YOU KNOW?
» 26 percent (1 in 4) of adults in the United States have some type of disability.
» If your website is not accessible, 61 million adults in the United States with a disability cannot buy your products or services. That is more than the total population of Italy.
» The annual spending power of people with disabilities is more than $6 trillion dollars.
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Guidance on Web Accessibility and the ADA
On March 18, 2022, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) updated the ruling for Web Content Accessibility. This guidance describes how state and local governments and businesses open to the public can make sure that their websites are accessible to people with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Why Website Accessibility Matters
Inaccessible web content means that people with disabilities are denied equal access to information. An inaccessible website can exclude people just as much as steps at an entrance to a physical location. Ensuring web accessibility for people with disabilities is a priority for the Department of Justice. In recent years, a multitude of services have moved online and people rely on websites like never before for all aspects of daily living.
People with disabilities navigate the web in a variety of ways. People who are blind may use screen readers, which are devices that speak the text that appears on a screen. Those who are deaf or hard of hearing may use captioning, just as people who are unable to grasp or use a mouse may use voice recognition software to control their computers and other devices with verbal commands.
The ways that websites are designed and set up can create unnecessary barriers that make it difficult or impossible for people with disabilities to use websites, just as physical barriers like steps can prevent some people with disabilities from entering a building. These barriers on the web keep people with disabilities from accessing products and services that businesses make available to the public online. However, these barriers can be prevented or removed so that websites are accessible to people with disabilities.
Businesses that are open to the public (Title III)
Title III prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities by businesses open to the public (also referred to as “public accommodations” under the ADA). The ADA requires that businesses open to the public provide full and equal enjoyment of their goods, services, facilities, privileges, advantages, or accommodations to people with disabilities. Businesses open to the public must take steps to provide appropriate communication aids and services (often called “auxiliary aids and services”) where necessary to make sure they effectively communicate with individuals with disabilities.
Examples of businesses open to the public:
- Retail stores and other sales or retail establishments
- Hotels, inns, and motels
- Hospitals and medical offices
- Food and drink establishments
- Auditoriums, theaters, and sports arenas
A website with inaccessible features can limit the ability of people with disabilities to access a public accommodation’s goods, services, and privileges available through that website.
For these reasons, the Department of Justice has consistently taken the position that the ADA’s requirements apply to all the goods, services, privileges, or activities offered by public accommodations, including those offered on the web.