The DOJ proposed a new ruling under Title II of the ADA that would outline technical accessibility guidance for public entities to follow.
New ADA ruling
On July 25th, 2023, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced some exciting news: They proposed a new ruling under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) that would make it easier for public entities to create accessible web and mobile apps, and therefore increase access for those of us living with disabilities.
What does this mean?
While this proposed ruling is still a draft, it’s a huge step forward for the rights of people living with disabilities. It would provide public entities, such as state and local governments, with concrete technical guidance for creating accessible websites and mobile apps.
Not only will this help increase access for people with disabilities, but it will also help state and local governments understand exactly how they can make their websites and mobile apps accessible. While not covered by this ruling, private entities will also be able to follow the guidelines that the ruling will provide to increase their website’s accessibility. This will reduce the number of lawsuits against businesses with websites, as there will be clear guidelines of what they need to do to make their site accessible.
The Department of Justice collected comments from the public, which were due by October 3, 2023. The DOJ will consider the comments before finalizing the proposed rule. Make sure to stay up-to-date with WeCo’s accessibility blog to learn about new developments!