The Department of Justice has again delayed its final rule on website accessibility under Title III, affecting places of public accommodation, including banks. On November 25th, the DOJ announced that the target date for the proposed rules is being pushed back from August 2014 to June 2015.
The lack of final rules has not stopped the DOJ from continuing to pursue private businesses on website issues. The DOJ is of the opinion that websites are places of public accommodation and are not specifically mentioned because they did not exist when the ADA was first published.
The DOJ announcement can be accessed here:http://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eAgendaViewRule?pubId=201410&RIN=1190-AA61
The latest DOJ agreement re website and mobile app accessibility is with Peapod, the grocery retailer, announced on November 17, 2014.http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/justice-de...elivery-website
DOJ stated in the Peapod announcement:
“Many individuals with disabilities use computers and other electronic devices to access the Internet with the help of assistive technologies, including text-to-speech “screen reader” software programs, refreshable Braille displays, keyboard navigation and captioning. Such technologies have been readily available and widely used for decades; however, websites must include programming for the assistive technologies to function properly for users with disabilities. Inaccessible websites and mobile applications persist even while there are well-established industry guidelines – the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 – for making web content accessible."
The accepted standards for website accessibility, that have been adopted by companies reaching these agreements with the DOJ and many others, can be obtained here: http://www.w3.org/TR/WCAG20/accessible