We have received many inquiries regarding the announcement that the Department of Justice (DoJ) has postponed plans for website accessibility rulemaking. While we’re not attorneys and are not attempting to interpret the recent actions or reasoning by the DoJ, we do think it is important to address the issue.
In general, this development indicates that at this time, the DoJ will not propose regulations regarding website accessibility under Title II and Title III, which it had previously announced. Given the current deregulatory environment, this action does not come as a surprise.
From the AudioEye vantage point, a return to the status quo only means one thing: more lawsuits. From our experience, this decision from the DOJ only encourages legal actions filed by plaintiffs in pursuit of defending their Civil Rights. Year after year, in the face of the DoJ’s inaction, the courts continue to process more and more legal actions covering digital accessibility complaints. 2017 is shaping up to be yet another record year.
Time and again, in the absence of specific legislation, individuals and advocacy groups will seek change through the court system. As illustrated by the recent Winn-Dixie case, this continues to be an effective strategy for those seeking change and fighting for digital inclusion under ADA.
At AudioEye, we believe that accessibility is about people rather than compliance; inclusion is always the right thing to strive for. So we’ll keep working with companies dedicated to accessibility, digital inclusion and customer service that makes online content more accessible, and more usable for more people.