According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 56.7 million people — nearly one in five Americans — have a disability. Since 2011, 150+ local governments in the US have been sued due to website accessibility issues. You can be fined up to $75,000 for your first ADA violation and $150,000 for any subsequent violation.
What can you do to make sure your online presence isn't leaving behind any of your constituents, or breaking any laws? Our panel of Government Accessibility experts will help you navigate the many complexities of becoming compliant.
Our panel was moderated by SeamlessDocs CEO Jonathon Ende, and panelists included government accessibility experts and government employees driving accessibility initiatives on the ground. See below for some topics the webinar addressed:
Walei Sabry is the first Digital Accessibility Coordinator in New York City's Department of Information Technology and Telecommunication. In this role, Walei tests NYC government websites for accessibility, promotes inclusion within DOITT, trains web developers on making digital content accessible, and submits web accessibility reports to the New York City Council.
David Ondich manages issues related to disability within the City of Austin. As the City's ADA Program Manager, David is responsible for the provision of reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified candidates and workers with disabilities. David educates and trains the workforce and community regarding their rights and responsibilities under the ADA.