Accessibility of Websites and Other ICT
A. Accessibility of Employment Websites
Under existing regulations for implementing the ADA, discrimination on the basis of disability includes the failure to provide applicants and employees with disabilities with effective and meaningful opportunities to enjoy the privileges of employment. DOJ has entered into settlement agreements with State and local governments that specifically cover accessibility of websites relating to any facet of employment, employment opportunities, and/or the process of applying for employment. The settlement agreements include a reference to the applicable web accessibility technical standards, like the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
B. Accessibility of Employment-Related Websites and Other ICT
DOJ has also entered into settlement agreements with State and local governments and public accommodations (e.g., private sector businesses and entities) that address accessibility of:
• Websites and online systems (including applications, and training and instructional materials)
• Mobile apps
• Other ICT
All the settlement agreements require conformance with specified technical accessibility standards, e.g., Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG). In addition, several settlement agreements ensure that future acquisitions of technology do not exclude persons who are blind or others who need the accessibility features.
C. Arrangements Between Covered Entities and ICT Vendors
These settlement agreements reference arrangements with ICT vendors. They have specified that for each new, renewed, or renegotiated contract with a vendor of third-party content, the covered entity must seek a commitment from the vendor to provide content in a format that conforms to specified technical accessibility standards, e.g., Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).
Covered entities must also develop and implement a procurement process to ensure ICT purchased is accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities. This includes adding language in all ICT contracts to warrant their compliance with specified technical accessibility standards.