June 10, 2013 Articles

Website Accessibility and the Americans with Disabilities Act

How the ADA applies to websites of "places of public accommodation" and state and local government.

By Joseph J. Lynett and John A. Snyder – June 10, 2013

When the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990, the Internet as we know it today did not exist. Now, Americans use the Internet in their daily personal, professional, civic, and business lives. Increasingly, businesses and educational institutions are providing goods and services to the public through websites, including offering degree programs online. Similarly, many state and local governments are using websites to provide the public access to their programs, services, and activities.

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