What is ADA and ADA Compliance?
ADA : The Americans with Disabilities Act
- It became law in 1990
- The purpose of the law is to make sure that people with disabilities have the same rights and opportunities as everyone else.
The Department of Justice published the ADA Standards for Accessible Design in September 2010 which state that all electronic and information technology must be accessible to people with disabilities.
The ADA standards apply to commercial and public entities that have “places of public accommodation” which includes the internet.
These regulations adopted revised, enforceable accessibility standards called the 2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design, “2010 Standards.” On March 15, 2012, compliance with the 2010 Standards was required for new construction and alterations under Titles II and III.
How does a Organizations comply with ADA Standards?
The ADA encourages self-regulation of accessibility standards and the Department of Justice is currently developing regulations to provide specific guidance to the entities covered by the ADA.
Organizations are encouraged to use the WCAG 2.0 level guidelines as a guide on how to become accessible until the DOJ defines the regulations.