The 33rd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) falls on Wednesday, July 26, in just about two weeks. Will that be the day that official notice of long-promised web accessibility regulations for state and local governments in the United States is finally published?
The official notice, called a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) is long overdue. The regulations, if we ever get them, will be published by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ). But right now, the delay is not the DOJ’s fault.
Instead, the NPRM is stuck in a different part of the federal government called the Office of Management and Budge (OMB). It’s past time for the OMB to act.
Here’s what is happening:
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What Regulations Are We Waiting For?
We’re waiting for the first official step in adopting regulations that will address specifics about what state and local government agencies must do to make sure people with disabilities are not excluded from digital programs and services. These regulations will be issued under what is called Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title II is the part of this comprehensive civil rights law that covers state and local governments.