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Website Accessibility: Meet Required Digital Accessibility Standards Amid Increased Legal Scrutiny - On-Demand

Website Accessibility: Meet Required Digital Accessibility Standards Amid Increased Legal Scrutiny - On-Demand

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Website Accessibility: Meet Required Digital Accessibility Standards Amid Increased Legal Scrutiny - On-Demand

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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 disabled individuals as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)? If not, and if your organization is considered a public accommodation under Title III of the ADA, you could be subjected to Department of Justice (DOJ) legal scrutiny—or a costly lawsuit because plaintiffs’ lawyers have jumped on the bandwagon in pursuing numerous lawsuits against businesses they allege have inaccessible websites. It’s no surprise why, either, since there’s confusion about what the DOJ expects regarding website accessibility requirements.

And, while the DOJ released a statement in September 2018 acknowledging there’s no clear guidance, it emphasized that businesses are still expected to make websites accessible. This raises the issue of what businesses should do to ensure that their websites—as places of public accommodation—are ADA accessible.

Many organizations have chosen to use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 AA as applicable standards to follow (and now there’s a newer version, WCAG 2.1), although these do not have the force of law. That hasn’t stopped plaintiffs’ attorneys, though, from arguing failure to adhere to these standards amounts to noncompliance.

Consider, too, that website accessibility is vital for the job application process.  The ADA requires employers to ensure that job applicants and employees with disabilities can fully participate in the workplace, and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has interpreted this requirement to include computer and website accessibility.

And, 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, even with the flexibility offered by the DOJ.

Use this on-demand webinar with experts from the business and legal side who 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 legal requirements for website and digital accessibility and how to conduct an accessibility audit to determine whether your website meets or misses the mark concerning your job application and other automated processes.

Plus, you’ll learn:

  • The business—and legal—case for addressing the issue of website accessibility
  • Where the DOJ and EEOC currently stand on this issue
  • The internal stakeholders to involve in your website accessibility audit, and the respective roles they should play
  • Tell-tale signs that your website needs work to ensure accessibility for disabled job applicants with disabilities and other potential website visitors 
  • The 10 most common issues with website inaccessibility  
  • Examples of automated testing tools you can start using today to identify accessibility issues on your site
  • The strengths and limitations of automated testing tools
  • Basic manual accessibility checks you can perform on your own without being an expert 
  • How previous ADA lawsuits regarding website accessibility have played out, and what organizations had to do to comply
  • And more!

 

About Your Presenters

Jonathan 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. 

 

Taylor SnookTaylor Anne Snook
Digital Accessibility Consultant
Perkins School for the Blind

Taylor Anne Snook, Accessibility Consultant for Perkins School for the Blind, possesses deep expertise in content management systems, user-centered design, and various programming languages. She began her work at Perkins developing systems that would support hundreds of local partners worldwide. Ms. Snook is a Certified Professional in Accessibility Core Competencies (CPACC) and holds a B.A. in Computer Science from Colby College and a Master of Social Work with a concentration in Global Practice from Boston College. 

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