The History of Web Accessibility Liability [INFOGRAPHIC]

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Legal settlements regarding web accessibility have been in the news lately. It seems every week there is a new settlement announced and it is starting to affect all industries that conduct business online. More and more, courts are finding that the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to  websites as places of public accommodation.

A Timeline of Digital Accessibility Liability

We became interested in the history of major accessibility litigation and decided to put together a historical timeline. In terms of access to people with disabilities, it is a great reminder of how far the web has come in just a little over a decade.

Download our new infographic: A History of Digital Accessibility Liability and learn about the important cases and precedents that have shaped the law. Our timeline presents a history of important settlements since the year 2000, and highlights the significant improvements made in the last decade.

Our infographic includes:

  • Important digital accessibility lawsuits and settlements
  • Significant improvements made as a result of accessibility litigation
  • A summary of accessibility lawsuits by industry, from financial services, higher education, retail, travel, and more

While many improvements have been made, there is still much work to be done to create a web that is accessible to all. Learn about the legal risks of an accessible website.

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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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