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Ashley Connelly (she/her) advises a wide range of clients on regulatory and transactional matters across technology and telecom industries, including radiocommunications, telecommunications, Internet of Things (IoT) devices, consumer goods, custom silicon and semiconductors, cloud computing, and technical infrastructure.

Key Updates:

  • Earlier this month, the Department of Justice (DOJ) adopted a final rule under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) aimed at ensuring web content and apps are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Specifically, the new rule requires that public entities covered by Title II, which includes state and local governments as well as special purpose districts, Amtrak, and other commuter authorities, conform their websites and apps to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1, Level AA. WCAG 2.1 is widely accepted as an industry standard for achieving accessibility online and forms the basis for other regimes such as the EU’s harmonized standards under its Web Accessibility Directive.
  • Public entities must comply within two to three years, depending on their size. The DOJ’s rule only contains narrow exceptions, as described below.
  • The DOJ’s move foreshadows the potential for similar action under Title III of the ADA, which applies to public accommodations owned by private entities, such as restaurants, shops, movie theaters, daycares, and private hospitals.

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