If you don't currently have an accessibility policy, these are the steps you should take to create one.
Last month, the Department of Justice announced that it has reached an agreement with Miami University to address the University's non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Consistent with past accessibility agreements (e.g., Florida State University, Ace Hardware, H&R Block, etc.), Miami University has agreed to pay compensation the student who raised the accessibility lawsuit, as well as to ensure its websites and learning management systems conform with Web Content Accessibility Guidelines ( "WCAG ") 2.0 AA standards. If you look at the agreement details, you will also find that the University has agreed to develop an accessible technology policy. Many organizations find it difficult to make websites and technology conform to WCAG standards. Achieving conformity involves accessibility expertise and staff education in tactics that make content accessible. Additionally, a machine cannot simply perform this compliance. However, in my many years of consulting and speaking with accessibility-focused lawyers, I have found that if you have an accessibility policy in place and are actively taking steps towards compliance with the ADA, you will likely avoid lawsuits or DOJ interaction. An accessibility policy is simply an expression of what your organization believes with regards to accessibility and how you will develop digital in order to uphold the accessibility goals that you have specified. If you don't currently have an accessibility policy, here are the steps you should take to create one.
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