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The DOJ’s New Guidance Says Website Accessibility is an Enforcement Priority but Provides No New Legal Insights

By Seyfarth Shaw LLP on March 21, 2022
Posted in ADA Title III, Website

By Minh N. Vu

Seyfarth synopsis:  The DOJ issued a new guidance on website accessibility that contains basic information about the ADA’s requirements for lay people but no new information for legal practitioners.

We can only speculate as to whether it was a response to the recent demand of 181 disability advocacy groups for regulations on website accessibility, but this past Friday, March 18, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) issued an unexpected “Web Accessibility Guidance” for state and local governments and public accommodations under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Those looking for new legal insights from DOJ on this subject will be disappointed because the Guidance merely reiterates what experienced legal practitioners in this area already know based on DOJ’s prior statements.  The Guidance seems to be targeted at business owners and government employees who are unfamiliar with the DOJ’s position on website accessibility and/or legal basis for that [...]

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