These accessibility rules are already required for State and Local governments. If you want to review what is required currently you can visit the ADA Best Practices Tool Kit for State and Local Governments. If you would like to read the proposed rules you can go to Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability: Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Government Entities and Public Accommodations and you can even leave a comment.
According to Colonna, some of the accessability issues identified include:
- websites that do not allow font color and size to be adjusted to accommodate the visually impaired;
- websites that rely heavily on images without captions, such that “screen readers” or other assistive technology cannot read the information aloud to persons who cannot see the images;
- websites that require timed responses from users, but do not provide an option for a user to indicate that more time is needed; and
- CAPTCHAs (Completely Automated Public Turing Test to Tell Computers and Humans Apart), the distorted text that websites may require a user to input before completing a transaction, which may be impossible for a person with a visual impairment.
And you blog writers. It is something to think about as well. Many of us have the "spam guard" identification measures in place on our comment sections. Will this have to change. (Of course some of us get less comment traffic than others. So for some that may not be an issue.)
So, HR work with your web folks and make sure you can be compliant because the RULES ARE COMING!