What is website accessibility and could you be at risk for a lawsuit?

Ambiguity in the law has led to a wave of litigation, suggesting businesses with “inaccessible websites” are violating the ADA

Most business owners are familiar with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the requirements this law imposes on them to make their facilities accessible to those with disabilities. For businesses that are “places of public accommodation” (e.g. veterinary practices), access includes providing on-site features including wheelchair ramps, handicap accessible bathrooms, and parking spots.

In the past few years, there has been increasing debate around whether a company’s website is an extension of a place of business and must be accessible just like its physical counterpart. The ADA does not speak directly to this question and the Department of Justice (DOJ), which is responsible for interpreting the act, has not weighed in on the m...


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