Web Accessibility Compliance Overview


Various global regulations mandate digital accessibility. When it comes to compliance with applicable laws, there are multiple factors that come into play, like where your organization is located, who you’re selling to, or the size of your business. To add to the complexity, the ADA, a U.S. civil rights legislation, doesn’t specifically mention website accessibility, yet you can be sued for lack of ADA compliance if your site is not accessible (and thousands of companies have been).

At Level Access, our goal is to help you gain the benefits of an accessible site by giving you a better understanding of the global regulations for website accessibility that apply to your organization:

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ADA Website Accessibility Compliance

The ADA is civil rights legislation that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. The Department of Justice has determined Title III of the ADA, which prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation, also applies to websites.

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Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG)

WCAG is a set of technical website accessibility standards to help make websites, apps, software and documents accessible. WCAG itself is not a piece of legislation, but many global regulations reference conformance with WCAG standards as meeting compliance obligations.

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Section 508 Accessibility Compliance

Section 508 of the US Rehabilitation Act requires US federal agencies, and vendors doing businesses with federal agencies, to develop, procure, maintain or use information and communication technology that is accessible to individuals with disabilities.

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Section 504 Accessibility Compliance

Section 504 of the US Rehabilitation Act mandates that organizations that receive federal government assistance not discriminate on the basis of disability. This may include educational institutions, hospitals, mental health centers and more.

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Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

The AODA mandates the accessibility of websites, web content and web-based applications for Ontario public-sector organizations as well as certain commercial organizations. Lack of compliance can result in substantial fines.

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EN 301 549

EN 301 549 is the European accessibility standard for information and communications technology (ICT) products and services. It is similar to Section 508 in the United States in that it sets the accessibility standard for public procurement of ICT in Europe.

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European Accessibility Act (EAA)

The European Accessibility Act mandates that a range of products and services, including websites, mobile apps, and e-commerce experiences, are accessible to people with disabilities. The law applies to nations in the European Union and aims to provide unified accessibility requirements for organizations in Europe.

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California Civil Rights Unruh Act

The California Unruh Civil Rights Act bans discrimination from businesses within the California jurisdiction. The Unruh Act adopted the standards set by the ADA, so failure to achieve ADA compliance also means failure to achieve Unruh compliance.

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New York Human Rights Law

New York has passed legislation that prohibits discrimination in places of public accommodation on the basis of disability. Websites have been interpreted to constitute places of public accommodation, which means an inaccessible website can be a violation of both federal and state compliance requirements.

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How Level Access helps with website accessibility compliance

Level Access understands the nuances of every global regulation as well as the evolving technical requirements of WCAG. We’re uniquely positioned to provide your organization with all of the tools, training and legal support needed for digital and website accessibility compliance, which reduces risk of a digital accessibility lawsuit. Even better, with our solution, you'll improve the user experience for every online visitor.

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