ADA Title II Update: State & Local Government Websites & Contractors

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Recently, a new rule was signed by the U.S. Attorney General. This rule is part of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and focuses on making digital stuff, like websites and apps, accessible to everyone. It was first suggested last August by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

This rule says that digital things created by state and local governments must meet certain standards to make sure they can be used by people with disabilities. These standards are called the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), and they set the rules for what needs to be done to make websites and apps easy to use.

The rule also says that if a government is working with another company, like one that makes apps for parking payments, those apps must also meet these standards.

This new rule is important because more and more government services are online now, and it’s crucial that everyone can use them. It’s meant to prevent problems where people with disabilities can’t access important services online. It also helps reduce legal issues where people might sue if they can’t use a website or app.

Governments have a few years to make sure all their digital stuff meets these new standards, depending on their size. This rule is about making sure that everyone, no matter if they have a disability, can use digital services easily and fairly.

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