Stay Informed: Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act
Congress introduces new bill to address ADA compliance in websites and software applications
Congressman John Sarbanes (D-MD) and Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) are sponsors of legislation to provide clarity regarding the American with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) coverage of disabled individuals’ access to website and software applications.
The legislation, the Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act (H.R. 9021/S. 4998) would apply to businesses and other entities currently covered by the ADA as well as commercial providers. The bill would reaffirm the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) position that, in compliance with the ADA, websites and software applications need to be accessible to persons with disabilities.
This legislation, introduced in late September 2022, would establish a uniform accessibility standard. Additionally, the legislation provides that the accessibility requirements apply regardless of whether the business has a physical location or exists only online. It also calls for both a technical assistance center and advisory committee to provide advice and guidance on how to develop and maintain accessible websites and applications.