What is ADA Compliance?
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Standards for Accessible Design published by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in September 2010.
These standards state that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.
Who needs to follow these requirements?
The ADA standards apply to commercial and public entities that have “places of public accommodation” which includes the internet.
How do I comply with the ADA?
The ADA encourages self-regulation of accessibility standards. Organizations are encouraged to use the WCAG 2.0 level AA guidelines as a guide on how to become accessible until the DOJ defines the regulations. The Department of Justice is currently developing regulations to provide specific guidance to the entities covered by the ADA.
Statement of Interest of the United States Department of Justice in NAD v. Netflix
Case 3:11-cv-30168-MAP Document 45 Filed 05/15/12 Page 10 of 22
"The Department is currently developing regulations specifically addressing the accessibility of goods and services offered via the web by entities covered by the ADA. The fact that the regulatory process is not yet complete in no way indicates that web services are not already covered by title III."
Americans with Disabilities Act Title III Regulations
Part 36 Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities
(current as of January 17, 2017)
"Although the language of the ADA does not explicitly mention the Internet, the Department has taken the position that title III covers access to Web sites of public accommodations. The Department has issued guidance on the ADA as applied to the Web sites of public entities, which includes the availability of standards for Web site accessibility"