Web Accessibility and the Law: Issues in Implementation

Web Accessibility and the Law: Issues in Implementation

Holly Yu (California State University, Los Angeles, USA)
Copyright: © 2003 |Pages: 24
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-59140-107-0.ch001
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Through a series of federal and state laws and standards, the legal foundation concerning Web accessibility that impact people with disabilities and their ability to fully overcome digital barriers and participate in the Web environment has been established. Currently, the concept of accessible design or universal design is increasingly becoming an important component of Web design. However, the unanswered questions in laws, the absence of the obligation in fulfilling legal requirements, and the general unawareness of the need to make Web pages accessible have created barriers in implementing the Americans with disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act as amended in 1998, and others. In many cases, the absence of obligations is due to unfamiliarity with legal responsibility of creating accessible Web sites. As a result, the response to Web accessibility concerns frequently comes about only on an ad hoc basis. Identifying these barriers is the first step toward solutions. There are legal and practical approaches for addressing Web accessibility issues in policies, education, research and development, and technology and tools.

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Mary Hricko
Chapter 1
Holly Yu
Through a series of federal and state laws and standards, the legal foundation concerning Web accessibility that impact people with disabilities and... Sample PDF
Web Accessibility and the Law: Issues in Implementation
Chapter 2
Mary Hricko
Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act mandates that federal agencies must ensure the provision of accessible electronic and information technology.... Sample PDF
Understanding Section 508 and Its Implications for Distance Education
Chapter 3
Barbara A. Frey, Ashli Molinero, Ellen R. Cohn
This chapter addresses the current status of Web accessibility and usability in higher education. As post secondary institutions strive to expand... Sample PDF
Strategies to Increase Web Accessibility and Usability in Higher Education
Chapter 4
Jody Condit Fagan
Providing a text-only version of a Web site is one way that Web developers can meet the accessibility guidelines suggested by the World Wide Web... Sample PDF
Text-Only Alternatives: Are They Right for Your Site?
Chapter 5
Sheryl Burghstahler
Web-based distance learning programs promise learning options anywhere, anytime, to anyone. However, some individuals with disabilities are locked... Sample PDF
Web-Based Distance Learning and the Second Digital Divide
Chapter 6
Robert Luke, Laurie Harrison
Providing educational opportunities within online environments, while beneficial, also has the potential to exclude a significant portion of the... Sample PDF
Inclusion in an Electronic Classroom: Courseware Design and Implementation
Chapter 7
Maggie Lynch, Patti DeWitz
Currently, 24% of the population has experienced significant vision loss. Though there has been some progress on developing accessible Web pages... Sample PDF
Web-Based Teaching and Learning for Blind and Visually Impaired Faculty
Chapter 8
Axel Schmetzke
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) mandates that library programs and services must be accessible to people with disabilities. In an era in... Sample PDF
Web Accessibility at University Libraries and Library Schools: 2002 Follow-Up Study
Chapter 9
Amy Metcalfe
The number of students with disabilities who attend college is rising, which may be one of the many positive outcomes of the Americans with... Sample PDF
Overcoming Organizational Barriers to Web Accessibility in Higher Education: A Case Study
Appendix A: Resources for Further Information
Appendix B: Selected Bibliography for Further Reading
Appendix C: Pull and Push: A Select Webibliography of Products Serving Section 508
Alice Bedard-Voorhees
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