Public Policy and Accessible Technology Resources

Explore detailed policy analysis and other resources to help you understand your rights and responsibilities.

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You don’t have to be a legal expert, but it’s important to have a basic understanding of four federal laws that affect accessible ICT in the workplace.

Read more: ICT Accessibility and the Law]
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Disability rights lawyer Lainey Feingold discusses the successes of "structured negotiation" in cases related to digital accessibility.

Read more: Moving the Ball Forward on Digital Accessibility: A Conversation with Attorney Lainey Feingold]
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Learn about the federal laws governing accessibility, including the ADA and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Watch the Video

Read more: Accessibility Policy and Corporate Culture]
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Bobby Silverstein answers questions about employers' legal responsibilities. Read the FAQ

Read more: FAQs About Accessibility and the Law]

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

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DOJ is looking at establishing accessibility requirements for online services, programs, and activities provided to the public by state and local governments—including many employment-related tools and resources. 

Read more: DOJ Seeks Comments from the Public on Accessibility of State/Local Websites]
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Must employers make web-based employment information and services accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities? Bobby Silverstein discusses how the ADA applies to accessible workplace technology.

Read more: PEAT Talks: The ADA and Accessible Workplace Technology]
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Explore detailed analysis about the implications of 167 DOJ settlement agreements addressing ICT accessibility.

Read more: How is the Department of Justice Addressing Website and ICT Accessibility?]
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The regulations for implementing Titles II and III of the ADA include “defenses”—circumstances in which the covered entity is not required to provide specified services.

Read more: When is a Covered Entity Not Required to Provide Specified Services?]
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The ADA is a comprehensive civil rights law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability and ensures equal opportunity for persons with disabilities—including Internet Web site access, mobile applications, and other forms of ICT

Read more: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)]
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Employers and other entities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title V of the Rehabilitation Act can add the following procurement language to contracts with product vendors to enhance the accessibility of purchased or licensed products.

Read more: Model Procurement Language for ICT]

Section 501

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The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) is seeking public comments on their proposed updates to Section 501 of the Rehabilitation Act. 

Read more: Ensuring Accessible Technology in Federal Workplaces: Comments Due by April 25 on the Proposed Section 501 Rules]
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The Rehab Act is designed to safeguard the civil rights of people with disabilities, and includes many regulations related to technology.

Read more: The Rehabilitation Act (Rehab Act)]
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Employers and other entities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title V of the Rehabilitation Act can add the following procurement language to contracts with product vendors to enhance the accessibility of purchased or licensed products.

Read more: Model Procurement Language for ICT]

Section 503

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The March 2014 updates to Section 503 of the Rehabilitation Act provides federal contractors with clear guidelines and goals for measuring the success of their efforts to meet these requirements to actively recruit, retain, and advance qualified individuals with disabilities.

Read more: Section 503 and Accessible Technology: What Federal Contractors Need to Know]
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Employers and other entities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title V of the Rehabilitation Act can add the following procurement language to contracts with product vendors to enhance the accessibility of purchased or licensed products.

Read more: Model Procurement Language for ICT]

Section 508

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Here's what you need to know about the U.S. Access Board's long-awaited update to these federal regulations.

Read more: The Section 508 Refresh is Here!]
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Employers and other entities covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act and Title V of the Rehabilitation Act can add the following procurement language to contracts with product vendors to enhance the accessibility of purchased or licensed products.

Read more: Model Procurement Language for ICT]

Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA)

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The 2014 WIOA Act requires American Job Centers to use technologies that are accessible to individuals with disabilities—and PEAT is here to help in these efforts.

Read more: The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): What It Means for Accessible Technology and American Job Centers]
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This guide helps American Job Centers ensure that their websites, online systems and courses, and applications are accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities, as required by the 2014 Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Read more: American Job Centers and Digital Access: A Guide to Accessible ICT]
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This fact sheet offers AJCs an “at-a-glance” overview of the tech-related implications of WIOA, and where to find assistance in meeting accessible ICT responsibilities.

Read more: WIOA and Accessible Technology: Five Things American Job Centers Need to Know]
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AJCs can use this handy one-pager to reference ICT accessibility best practices related to websites, online systems, and other tools.

Read more: Digital Accessibility Checklist for American Job Centers]
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Designed for internal staff presentations within AJCs, this ready-to-share presentation deck is a perfect tool to train staff on WIOA and accessible technology best practices.

 WIOA and Accessible Technology: A Digital Access Primer for American Job Centers

Read more: WIOA and Accessible Technology: A Presentation Deck for AJCs]