The Fallacy of “ADA Compliance” and Technical Standards

“Technical compliance does not equate to a positive user experience, and has immense limitations in achieving an experience that is accessible to users with disabilities.”

Happy to have found Matt’s new blog.

Matt Vitale's Accessibility Blog

Alright folks, first, I’d like to address the term “ADA Compliant.” Last year, the Department of Justice withdrew plans for implementing technical accessibility requirements to the web sites of public entities under Title II of ADA, citing the need for more information on the appropriateness of setting requirements for small public entities, the costs and benefits of web accessibility, and additional measures.

“When it comes to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the dirty secret is that there are no specific technical requirements for any website. There are no standards which apply to the ADA and unless you’re a State or Local Government, there is no specific reference to website accessibility.”

Karl Groves

Consequently, a digital product cannot be labeled as “ADA compliant,” because there is no technical standard that applies. Among the number of laws in the United States that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability, the only accessibility-specific…

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