Laws that support an accessible Web. Cyndi Rowland, Ph.D. Director, WebAIM Center for Persons with Disabilities, Utah State University April 16, 2002.
Laws that support an accessible Web
Cyndi Rowland, Ph.D.Director,WebAIMCenter for Persons with Disabilities,Utah State University April 16, 2002
WebAIM is Supported by the U.S. Department of Education, Learning Anytime Anywhere Program through the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) department No official endorsement is inferred.
Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
“ no otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . Shall, solely by reason of his disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance. . .” (29 U.S.C. Section 794)
Under Section 504:Be cautious of post-hoc accommodation
Courts have ruled against
Section 508of the Rehabilitation Act of 1997 provides the legislative language for accessible electronic information technology, including the Internet
Took effect: June 21, 2001
Assistive Technology Act of 1998 places the responsibility of “assuring” 508 compliance with any state that accepts these monies
If applicable, this would include all state governmental entities
Department of Education is supposed to clarify applicability
Many institutions, agencies, & organizations wish to have a global audience.Be aware that we have limited our discussion to U.S. Law
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