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2023 Digital Accessibility Legal Update – Part One

3Play Media
December 01, 2023

2023 Digital Accessibility Legal Update – Part One

Digital accessibility is a civil right of people with disabilities, and a lot is happening in the digital accessibility legal space in the United States. Potential new accessibility laws are pending in Congress. Potential new regulations have been introduced by federal agencies. Using existing law, these same agencies offer guidance about accessibility – including AI (Artificial Intelligence) tools, health tech, higher ed, and more. State governments are passing laws and writing policies impacting digital accessibility.

On the ground, disabled people, both with and without lawyers, use existing laws to advance inclusion in the digital space. Lawsuits are filed, judges make decisions, and accessibility settlements are negotiated. We must pay attention to the new developments, and we must not wait for them.

Part One of this year’s Digital Accessibility Legal Update will share the latest information about what is happening in the United States in a straightforward way designed for everyone.

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  1. 2023 Digital Accessibility
    Legal Landscape: Part One
    Lainey Feingold | LFLegal.com | @LFLegal | LinkedIn
    3Play Media Webinar
    November 30, 2023
    **No legal advice in this talk**
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  2. Today’s roadmap
    ØWhat is digital accessibility
    ØUnited States landscape
    ØCurrent laws and
    regulations
    ØWhat’s on the horizon
    ØImplementation
    ØMy favorites
    ØMy least favorites
    ØSneak Peek of Part Two
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  3. Disability Inclusion in all things tech and
    3
    What is digital accessibility?
    Intentional practices that make inclusion
    happen

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  4. Digital access is a door and a bridge
    4
    Be a bridge builder!
    Be a door opener!

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  5. Accessibility barriers are stairs
    Photo © Tom Olin
    §Participation
    §Inclusion
    §Communication
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    Be a ramp builder

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  6. Digital Accessibility is . . .
    §Privacy and security for
    disabled people
    §Essential to DEI + ESG
    §An ethics issue
    §A civil right of people with
    disabilities
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  7. Civil rights are baked into laws
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  8. 8
    “The legal framework gives us
    permission to dream what is
    possible.”
    --Lizzie Kiama (Kenya) | Microsoft Ability Summit 2021

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  9. U.S. Framework (existing federal)
    §ADA
    § Law + regulations
    §Section 504 | 508
    §Air Carriers Access Act
    §False Claims Act
    §ACA section 1557
    §CVAA
    §What about WCAG?
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  10. U.S. Framework (existing state + local)
    §Anti-discrimination (CA,
    NY + NYC ++)
    §State-funded
    §Procurement (Maryland)
    §No overlays (Maine)
    §State agencies (CO +
    MA, CA PUC
    §Kansas (backlash bill)
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  11. Laws Mean Legal Remedies
    §Fix barriers | fix systems
    §Court oversight
    §DOJ penalties
    §Pay the disabled person/s
    §Pay the disabled person’s
    lawyer/s
    §Pay organization’s lawyers
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  12. Today’s roadmap
    üWhat is digital accessibility
    üUnited States landscape
    üCurrent laws and regulations
    ØWhat’s on the horizon
    ØImplementation
    ØMy favorites
    ØMy least favorites
    ØSneak Peek of Part Two
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  13. What’s on the horizon?
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  14. Proposed #A11y Laws
    §Websites and Software
    Apps Law (fed)
    §Communications, Video,
    and Technology
    Accessibility Act (CVTA)
    §CA Bill AB 1757
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  15. Possible US #A11y Regulations
    §Web+ mobile
    §Self service transaction
    terminals (kiosks)
    §Healthcare (HHS 504 Update)
    §ACA update
    §Video conferencing
    §Dept. of Education
    §EV charging stations
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    Don’t Wait!

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  16. Beyond Regulations: More US Agency
    Guidance
    §DOJ + HHS Telehealth
    Guidance 07/2022
    §DOJ + EEOC AI Hiring
    tool guidance 05/2022
    §Dear Colleague DOE /
    DOJ Letter 07/2023
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  17. Today’s roadmap
    üWhat is digital accessibility
    üUnited States landscape
    üCurrent laws and regulations
    ØWhat’s on the horizon
    ØImplementation
    ØMy favorites
    ØMy least favorites
    ØSneak Peek of Part Two
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  18. Without implementation. . .
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  19. How are current laws + regs
    implemented in the US?
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  20. Implementation: Who and How?
    §People with disabilities
    §Government agencies
    §Lawsuits
    §Structured Negotiation
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  21. LFLegal’s Favorite
    Implementation Actions
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  22. DOJ Digital Accessibility Actions
    §Oklahoma Mobile app
    §Texas Counties
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  23. California parks website case
    §False Claims Act
    §Contractor + the web dev
    (subcontractor on the
    project, US eDirect)
    §Resolved!!
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  24. Education
    §LACCD $240,000 verdict (2023)
    §CUNY (2023)
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  25. Employment
    §ADP
    §Workday
    §FBI
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  26. Kiosks
    §Quest Diagnostics + ACB
    § Class action injunction
    §LFLegal Kiosk tracker
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  27. Voting (Private party actions)
    §Accessible ballots for early
    (absentee) voting
    §Accessible Voting Machines
    §Voting Information
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  28. Panarra v. HTC Corporation (VR captions)
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  29. Podcast Accessibility
    §NAD v. Sirius XM
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  30. LFLegal’s Least Favorite
    Parts of US Legal
    Landscape
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  31. The numbers – one month!
    §September 2023
    §327 digital cases filed
    §56 against defendants
    already sued
    §58 + against companies
    using an overlay
    §Source:| UsableNet
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  32. The numbers – one year!
    §2022
    §4,016+ digital cases filed
    §600+ against defendants
    already sued
    §600+ against companies
    using an overlay
    §97% about websites
    §Source:| UsableNet
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  33. Overlays + SLAPP
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  34. US Supreme Court Laufer case
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  35. Today’s roadmap
    üWhat is digital accessibility
    üUnited States landscape
    üCurrent laws and regulations
    üWhat’s on the horizon
    üImplementation
    üMy favorites
    üMy least favorites
    ØSneak Peek of Part Two
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  36. Sneak Peak
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    Part Two: December
    7th @11 Pacific

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  37. Accessibility is Global
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  38. Staying Ahead of the Law is Sweet
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  39. Talking About the law? Don’t be a ….
    x
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  40. THANK YOU!
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  41. LF know how depends on her know who
    § Zainab Alkebsi, Nat’l Assn of the Deaf (CVTA)
    § American Council of the Blind (Websites +Software Apps proposed
    legislation)
    § Tim Elder, TRELegal (False Claims case)
    § Matt Handley, Handley Farah & Anderson (Quest + LabCorp)
    § Melissa Kasnitz, CforAT (California PUC)
    § Andrew Rozynsky, Eisenberg & Baum (VR captioning)
    § Michelle Uzeta, DREDF (Laufer Supreme Court case)
    § Jessie Weber, Brown Goldstein & Levy, (ed cases)
    § Eve Hill, Paul Grossman, Autumn Elliott, Kris Nelson, and the
    lawyers of the Disability Rights Bar Association
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  42. Stay in touch!
    Lainey Feingold
    @LFLegal
    LFLegal.com
    [Advocacy, Book,
    Speaking, Training,
    Consulting, mailing list]
    [email protected]
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