DOJ Releases Final Rule on Web Accessibility

On April 8, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released its Final Rule to revise existing regulations implementing Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This Final Rule clarifies the obligations of state and local governments to make web content and mobile applications accessible.

The Final Rule requires public entities to ensure their websites and mobile apps comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA. Public entities include public schools, community colleges, and public universities.

Entities have two or three years to be in compliance depending on their size.

While the DOJ does not mandate training, it acknowledges its necessity for compliance.

The TxDLA Digital Accessibility Certificate program, one of the earliest programs of its kind, offers comprehensive training to help achieve compliance. With over 275 completers from the US and abroad, it provides in-depth instruction on digital accessibility principles and WCAG guidelines. Enroll in the next session from June 3 – July 8. Also, register for our free webinar on June 12, “Federal Disability Rights Law: What to Do Right Now and How to Prepare for Tomorrow’s Challenges,” featuring presenters from the Office for Civil Rights (OCR).