Does the Americans with Disabilities Act apply to websites?

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05/26/2016 | Author: TAR Legal Staff

Do websites have to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act?

The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has held that websites are places of public accommodation requiring ADA compliance. On the other hand, the courts are split on whether a website is a place of public accommodation.

Because places of public accommodation include nearly every type of establishment that provides goods or services to the general public, it’s a good idea for brokerage offices to take a proactive approach and contact their website provider or a technical expert to inquire about the accessibility of their websites. However, there are currently no compliance guidelines for websites under the ADA. The DOJ is not expected to issue regulations for website accessibility until 2018. For now, you can learn what exactly website accessibility means and get information on creating a more accessible site from the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0.

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