Justice Department Publishes Final Rule on State/Local Government Website Accessibility  

The Department of Justice (DOJ) recently published the final rule requiring ADA Website Accessibility for state and local governments. Published in the Federal Register on April 24, 2024, the final rule sets out clear guidelines requiring compliance with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Version 2.1, Level AA standards. This move aims to ensure that individuals with disabilities have equal access to government services, programs, and activities provided online. The rule provides exceptions for certain types of content, offers a timeline for compliance based on the population size of the respective government entities, and outlines enforcement measures to address non-compliance. This comprehensive update underscores the federal government's commitment to fostering inclusivity and accessibility in the digital realm, empowering individuals of all abilities to fully participate in civic life.