CIO Magazine: Web Accessibility Now – Before the Law Requires It

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CIO magazine recently published a great article, "How to Prepare for Web Accessibility Before the Government Forces Your Hand". The piece explains the current landscape regarding web accessibility law and how Section 508 paved the way for web accessibility regulations. While Section 508 applies to government websites, a flurry of lawsuits related to equal access under the ADA (Americans With Disability Act) have recently put a new spotlight on the issue for everyone.

Recent high-profile lawsuit settlements against Netflix and Target have shown that the ADA applies to online access as well as physical places. These rulings have underscored a need for more regulation in this area, and as the authors point out, such regulation is inevitable.

New rules regarding web accessibility expected from DOJ

New rules from the Department of Justice regarding the ADA and its application to the web are expected to come down later this year. These updated regulations are expected to use the World Wide Web Consortium Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG 2.0) as its definition of accessibility. The CIO article explains WCAG standards and helps give several helpful tips for bringing a site into compliance.

Here at Deque, we also believe in a proactive approach to web accessibility. The inevitability of new rulings requiring accessible web and mobile apps make this an excellent time to start building accessibility into your digital properties now.


For over fifteen years, Deque has been helping major corporations, government agencies, and other organizations ensure that their websites and mobile apps are accessible to everyone. We have more than fifteen years of history of serving the federal government, including undertaking the biggest accessibility program that's occurred in the United States government or anywhere. Deque also works with .edu's and mission-focused nonprofits to ensure that their materials and systems are usable and barrier free for users with disabilities. The company invented the first accessibility plug-in software, the first web-based testing platform, and the first server-based accessibility solution. All of these have been created in the service of helping our customers become accessible, advance the goals of their organization, and remove barriers for all users on the web.

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