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InfoSight Highlight: ADA Audits and Website Accessibility
Friday, February 16, 2018 6:55 AM

The subject of American with Disabilities Act (ADA) and website accessibility has become a hot topic in recent months. As excerpted from this channel on InfoSight:

“ADA website accessibility presents litigation risk. By not taking the steps within the regulation to address auxiliary aids and services, a credit union is likely not to meet the guidelines that require a method to effectively communicate with individuals with disabilities. ADA allows the DOJ to assess civil penalties with amounts currently ranging from $75,000 for the first violation to $150,000 for additional violations. ADA regulations does not authorize statutory penalties for plaintiffs, however a court has the authority to force a credit union to meet accessibility standards as part of a private lawsuit.

"Neither the Act nor the existing regulation specifically addresses access to websites, however the DOJ stands on its position that the ADA is broad enough to apply to websites. Despite not adopting a formal website accessibility standard, the DOJ continues to require a standard to avoid enforcement actions. Title III is listed as inactive on the current agenda and a final decree may not happen until sometime in 2018. Although there is no formal rule in place, credit unions remain at high risk for private litigation.”

Get regular updates about this issue on Cornerstone's ADA Compliance page within the Regulatory Resource Center on the Cornerstone website, which contains all the latest information on this issue, including a list of resources for various concerns and frequently asked questions.

Source:  InfoSight Compliance

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