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Website Accessibilty: How to Conduct a Digital Accessibility Standards Audit and Reduce the Risk of Legal Liability Against Your Company

Website Accessibility: How to Conduct a Digital Accessibility Standards Audit & Reduce the Risk of Legal Liability Against Your Company

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Website Accessibility: How to Conduct a Digital Accessibility Standards Audit & Reduce the Risk of Legal Liability Against Your Company

Live Webinar: Monday, October 22, 2018

1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern / 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Pacific


WEBINAR SNAPSHOT: Learn how your organization can meet digital accessibility standards and reduce the risk of legal scrutiny and potential liability.


 

Is your organization’s website fully accessible to individuals with disabilities? If not, you could be subjected to costly legal scrutiny.

The U.S. Access Board’s new website accessibility standards have taken effect, and the Department of Justice is taking increased notice on this issue. Some federal circuit courts of appeal have already ruled that the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to e-commerce and websites offering goods and services unconnected to a physical place. This raises the issue of what businesses should do to ensure that their websites—as places of public accommodation—are ADA accessible.

For example, in June, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals allowed a case against the restaurant chain Hooters to proceed. The case arose after a blind individual tried to use his screen reader software with the Hooters website in 2017, but it wasn’t compatible. Even though the company was in the process of fixing its website and argued that it should not be subject to the lawsuit, the court allowed the ADA complaint to proceed.

Proper website accessibility is especially important for the job application process. The ADA requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations that allow job applicants with disabilities to participate fully in the application process. Having computer and website accessibility will help you fulfill this requirement.

Company websites are integral to any number of important components, including a way to connect with the company, read FAQs, email, find directions to the brick-and-mortar addresses, and chat. If these components are not accessible to individuals with disabilities, your organization could be subject to legal issues or scrutiny.

Join us on October 22 when our presenters, legal and digital accessibility authorities, will deconstruct how to go about making your organization’s website accessible, and what you need to know to avoid possible lawsuits.

 You’ll learn: 

  • The business—and legal—case for addressing the issue of website accessibility
  • Where the DOJ, DOL, and EEOC currently stand on this issue
  • The internal stakeholders to involve in your website accessibility audit, and the respective roles they should play
  • Telltale signs that your website needs work to ensure accessibility for disabled job applicants and other potential website visitors
  • The 10 most common issues with website inaccessibility 
  • Examples of the latest assistive technology to consider for correcting deficient automated website features and tools
  • How previous ADA lawsuits regarding website accessibility have played out, and what organizations had to do to comply
  • And more!

 

By the end of this in-depth webinar, you’ll understand how to conduct an accessibility audit to determine whether your organization’s website meets or misses the mark concerning your job application and other automated processes.

About Your Presenters:

Jonathan R. MookJonathan R. Mook, Esq.
Partner
DiMuro Ginsberg, PC

Attorney Jonathan R. Mook, of DiMuro Ginsberg, is a nationally recognized authority on the Americans with Disabilities Act and the author of two treatises published by Matthew Bender Company, “Americans with Disabilities Act: Employee Rights and Employer Obligations” and “Americans with Disabilities Act: Public Accommodations and Commercial Facilities.” Mr. Mook lectures nationally on the ADA and other employment law topics. He represents employers and businesses on matters relating to employment law, business torts, and business disputes.  He frequently counsels employers on issues involving compliance with the ADA and accommodating disabled employees, as well as other employment related matters.  He is a co-editor of the Virginia Employment Law Letter and a regular contributor to several legal publications, including Bender’s Labor & Employment Bulletin. 


Gary AussantGary Aussant
Director of Digital Accessibility
Perkins School for the Blind

Gary Aussant joined Perkins School for the Blind in 2018. Over his 20-year career in technology and user experience consulting, Mr. Aussant has helped numerous Fortune 100 companies including Bank of America, Microsoft, Google, Facebook, eBay, General Motors, Transamerica, and Twitter embrace universal design methodologies. He specializes in employing design thinking and usability testing to uncover opportunities for improving digital experiences earlier in the product development life-cycle. Mr. Aussant strongly believes that digital accessibility is not just a legal requirement, but an opportunity to improve an experience for all users. He is passionate about helping clients sustain their accessibility efforts by incorporating universal design best practices into their day-to- day operations.

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