Seyfarth Synopsis: NYC recently passed a law requiring that its government agency websites meet accessibility standards. Other state and local governments may follow NYC’s lead and enact accessibility standards for government agencies, contractors and even public accommodations in the absence of regulations from DOJ.
What You Need to Know
- On March 14, New York City became the first major municipality in the United States to adopt legislation mandating accessibility standards for all of its government agency websites
- NYC Must Adopt an Accessible Website Protocol within 6 Months
- The new City law underscores that the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (“WCAG 2.0 AA”) is increasingly becoming the de facto standard for website accessibility
From Seyfarth Shaw's ADA Title III News & Insights
Seyfarth Shaw LLP - John W. Egan
USA April 14 2016
On March 14, New York City became the first major municipality in the United States to adopt legislation mandating accessibility standards for all of its government agency websites. Serving a population of over 8 million, the New York City government includes more than 120 agencies staffed by approximately 325,000 employees. This legislation will have an impact on City agencies, and access for persons with disabilities to those institutions. It may also have an impact on future website regulations impacting businesses across the country.