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Does Your Company Website Violate the ADA? Part 2-Top Ten Considerations for a Web Accessibility Policy

In Part I of this series, we discussed the uncertainty concerning whether the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to websites of private businesses, and, if so, the specific requirements that would apply to websites. Additionally, we discussed that even if under no legal obligation to do so, businesses need to be aware of the current status of the law concerning web accessibility. Below, we address why businesses should consider the adoption of a formal web accessibility policy and present the top 10 most important considerations affecting the components of a web accessibility policy.

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Renewed push for improved web accessibility policy in the United States | Access iQ

Two separate calls for improved web accessibility of government websites in the United States are gaining momentum.

Campaigning to improve web accessibility in the United States has increased, with a recently published petition quickly gaining popularity, while politicians have requested that a review of government policy be completed so that further action can be taken.

Petition on White House website

A petition has been listed on the White House Petitions website calling for President Obama to take action on web accessibility policy, citing recent developments which indicate that regulations for non-government websites will not be released until 2018.“People with disabilities struggle to do everyday tasks such as banking, purchasing goods, and more,” the petition says.

The petition has been signed 1,100 times in its first two days of being published. In order to receive a formal response from the White House, it must be signed 100,000 times by Thursday 11 February.

Signed letter from US senators

Nine US senators have contacted the Office of Management and Budget to complete a review of an Advance Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM), in order to clarify whether websites and other forms of technology are included under titles in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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The Future of Accessibility Innovation | Foreign Policy

The 2015 FP Global Demographics Student Essay Contest, underwritten by AARP, invited college and graduates students from around the world to participate in an intergenerational discussion about the opportunities presented by a rapidly aging world. Dozens of students from nearly every continent shared their ideas with FP. The winning essay is presented below.

The development of accessibility innovation products and services is the greatest opportunity presented by the aging trend to the global community. Not only is the market opportunity tremendously attractive, but the resources available to entrepreneurs and innovators — ranging from start-ups to small- and mid-size enterprises to multinational corporations — to develop products and services aimed at people with disabilities have never been better.

Age directly correlates with disability: As overall personal health declines with the development of acute and chronic diseases, such as diabetes, arthritis, cardiovascular diseases, and respiratory problems, disability rates increase. Seniors with a mobility disability may have difficulty walking up and down stairs, standing in one spot for prolonged periods, or moving from one room to another. Agility disabilities include difficulty bending down, dressing or undressing, getting in and out of bed, or grasping small objects.

The primary goal and benefit of accessibility innovation products is to allow the aging global population to continue participating in the social and cultural life of their local community.

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