Website Accessibility Regulations On The Horizon
August 5, 2022
This week the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its intent to begin the rulemaking process for website accessibility regulations that apply to state and local governments under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The rulemaking effort is a “long-term action”, with a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (basically, a draft regulation) scheduled to issue in April 2023 and DOJ to receive public comment by no later than June 2023. According to the DOJ announcement, because “many websites from public entities (i.e., State and local governments) fail to incorporate or activate features that enable users with disabilities to access the public entity’s programs, activities, services, or information online,” the DOJ intends “to amend its Title II ADA regulation to provide technical standards to assist public entities in complying with their existing obligations to make their websites accessible to individuals with disabilities.”
For more information, see the article, "Website Accessibility Regulations On The Horizon: DOJ To Start Title II Rulemaking For State and Local Governments Next Year".