Policy Matters

From the Section 508 refresh to the 21st Century Integrated Digital Experience Act (IDEA), the regulatory landscape influencing accessible information and communications technology (ICT) is ever evolving. To help employers, employees, and technology providers learn about and understand the latest federal regulatory developments, Policy Matters provides policy analysis and news regarding laws and regulations, court decisions, and government resources related to the accessibility of technology used in all aspects of employment.

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The Future of Work: Celebrating the Americans with Disabilities Act

Future of Work Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Staff training & awareness Team & leadership

What will the next 30 years look like for people with disabilities? Emerging technologies are rapidly changing the world of work.

How is the Department of Justice Addressing Website and ICT Accessibility?

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)

As of February 2020, the Department of Justice (DOJ) entered into 175 settlement agreements addressing how the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applies to ICT accessibility. Through these agreements, employers and other covered entities can understand DOJ priorities related to website and ICT accessibility and how to proactively comply with existing rules and guidance.

U.S. Department of Transportation Seeks Public Comment on Options for Electric Car Warning Sounds

News and Top Trends

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is currently seeking feedback about whether drivers should have the ability to choose between a pre-set list of sounds that alert pedestrians to the presence of electric and hybrid cars when traveling at low speeds. The notice of proposed rulemaking also asks whether NHTSA should impose limits on the number of sounds that manufacturers may install.

Featured Resources

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Explore detailed analysis about the implications of 171 DOJ settlement agreements addressing ICT accessibility.

Read more: How is the Department of Justice Addressing Website and ICT Accessibility?]
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In this short video, Bobby Silverstein provides an overview of the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

Read more: Bobby Silverstein Explains the 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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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!]