Digital Accessibility News
Section 508 Refresh Harmonizes with WCAG 2.0 AA Web Accessibility Standards
W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, including all Level A and AA success criteria has been the standard in the field of Web Accessibility for the past few years. The Federal 508 Standards have been far behind until now. The final rule was just released, January 9, 2017, the Department of Justice has been holding organizations to WCAG 2.0 Level A and AA conformance for the past few years. Federal agency compliance with the section 508-based standards is not required until January 18, 2018. The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) in many rulings have indicated universities need to meet the WCAG 2.0 AA standards at this time without delay. Most accessibility tools, including the Functional Accessibility Evaluator 2.0 (FAE), already evaluate a website based on the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and AA requirements.
Lainey Feingold discusses how digital accessibility is here to stay, despite the new political environment.
Miami University to Settle Department of Justice Lawsuit Alleging ADA Violations
The Justice Department announced October 17, 2016, that it filed a joint motion, for entry of a consent decree to resolve allegations that Miami University violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the proposed consent decree, Miami will make significant improvements to ensure that technologies across all of its campuses are accessible to individuals with disabilities and will pay $25,000 to compensate individuals with disabilities. The decree also requires reforms to Miami University’s technology procurement practices.
Settlements Reached in Seven States Concerning Web Accessibility
On June 29, 2016, the United States Office for Civil Rights announced Settlements Reached in Seven States, One Territory to Ensure Website Accessibility for People with Disabilities. This should be an alert that all universities need to strive to make all their websites accessible.
United Nations Posts Creative and Informative Web Accessibility Site
You don’t think accessible sites can be both creative and informative? The accessibility guidelines for United Nations websites is a creative resource that allows you to experience web accessibility concepts as well as provide tools and guidelines that can help with understanding how an accessible page can be developed.
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