[CATO] What's happening with the ADA and 504?

Monica Olsson molsson at sbctc.edu
Tue Oct 4 11:16:40 PDT 2022

What’s happening with the ADA and 504?

October 4th, 2020

Below are updates regarding activity concerning two federal laws that protect students with disabilities. Read on for more information and keep paying attention! I will continue to send updates and resources as I learn more. Thanks, Monica


In July of 2022, the U.S. The Department of Justice (DOJ) announced its intent to establish new regulations providing technical standards for web accessibility under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act<https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?RIN=1190-AA79&pubId=202204&utm_medium=email&utm_source=govdelivery> (ADA). Refer to reginfo.gov for more information. The Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) is slated to be published by April 2023 and to receive public comment by June 2023. Previously, in March 2022, the DOJ issued Guidance regarding website accessibility<https://beta.ada.gov/resources/web-guidance/>.

Things we can all do to prepare are:

  *   Continue to pay attention and watch for updates.

  *   Learn more web accessibility. Check out WebAIM<https://webaim.org/> or watch the OCR video series<https://adata.org/ocr-videos>.

  *   Practice accessible design best practices<https://www.sbctc.edu/about/accessibility/accessible-documents.aspx> when creating documents or web content.

  *   Sign up for the SBCTC Accessibility Micro Courses<https://www.waol.org/lti/Register/RegisterStart?CourseId=TR11&Term=93&Section=1> on Canvas.

504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973

In spring 2022, the U.S. The Department of Education announced its intent to amend regulations implementing Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act <https://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/us-department-education-announces-intent-strengthen-and-protect-rights-students-disabilities-amending-regulations-implementing-section-504> of 1973 to strengthen protection and rights for students with disabilities. The Department intends to hold listening sessions. Those events do not appear to be announced yet.

Web Accessibility Lawsuit Trends in 2022

3Play Media and UsableNet have partnered to provide a FREE webinar on October 6th at 11am PST. Sign up now!<https://go.3playmedia.com/wbnr-10-06-2022-trends?utm_campaign=%5bTOFU%5d%20Webinar%20Emails&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=223907649&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_bgF5bOYN83-KL61QxxppE7bZDQ8Wk2UqRqQ_LqLF8cGnmrfeiSPcfSOXx7kmJR983p7u2i62QTCJKBiEXspHYQ08ECA&utm_content=223907649&utm_source=hs_email>

UsableNet<https://usablenet.com/> is a provider of accessibility technology and services and an accessibility industry pioneer. UsableNet monitors ADA digital accessibility lawsuits and releases bi-annual reports to provide the most effective recommendations for companies to improve digital inclusion while reducing ADA lawsuit risk. This webinar will review findings from UsableNet’s 2022 Midyear Report<https://info.usablenet.com/2022-midyear-digital-accessibility-lawsuit-report-download-page>.

Key Takeaways:

  *   Top trends from ADA lawsuits in 2022, particularly the industries and company sizes are most at risk

  *   Common elements found in an ADA lawsuit across industries

  *   Practical advice on how to get started with web accessibility and reduce your lawsuit risk

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Monica M. Olsson (she/her/hers)

Policy Associate – Accessible IT Coordinator

Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges

molsson at sbctc.edu<mailto:molsson at sbctc.edu> • o: 360-704-3922 • c: 206-914-7187

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