COVID-19 Moves ADA Compliance for Websites to the Forefront


CLE credits earned: 1 General Credit (WA 1 Law and Legal)

Attorneys can expect to learn how the Americans with Disability Act applies to online activities, with an overview of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines. We will also discuss the current state of the law, the prevalence of claims in this area of law, and how risks can be mitigated by developing and implementing reasonable accommodations for disabled users.

Key topics to be discussed:

• How the COVID-19 pandemic has shifted businesses and other organizations to online platforms
• How the Americans with Disability Act and other statutes and regulations regarding accessibility apply to “online accommodations”
• The risks of having inaccessible websites or web-based apps, and the reasons to increase accessibility
• An overview of available risk mitigation strategies

Date / Time: January 12, 2021

•   2:00 pm – 3:00 pm Eastern
•   1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Central
•   12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Mountain
•   11:00 am – 12:00 pm Pacific

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Closed-captioning available upon request

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Original Broadcast Date: November 5, 2020

Adam R. Bialek | Wilson Elser

Adam R. Bialek is co-chair of Wilson Elser’s intellectual property practice and a member of the firm’s Information Governance Leadership Committee. His nationwide team of highly qualified attorneys offer clients a full range of IP, cyber, and media legal services. Mr. Bialek is experienced with all facets of intellectual property law, internet law, data security and privacy, cyber and media risk matters, including insurance coverage pertaining to those areas.
Kara Thorvaldsen | Wilson Elser

Kara Thorvaldsen is a partner in Wilson Elser’s Boston office. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, including intellectual property disputes, business litigation, class action defense, as well as insurance coverage and professional liability matters. Ms. Thorvaldsen also regularly counsels clients on matters ranging from regulatory compliance to intellectual property protection and risk management.

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I. The disabled population in the United States – demographics 3:00-3:05
II. How COVID-19 has pushed more businesses to online platforms 3:05-3:10
III. Website inaccessibility: the scale of the problem 3:10-3:15
IV. Compliance laws and guidelines 3:15-3:20
V. How the guidelines implement the core principles of operability, understandability, compatibility, and perceivability 3:20-3:25
VI. Examples of accessibility compliance measures 3:25-3:30
VII. Reasons to increase accessibility: cultural, legal 3:30-3:35
VIII. Risks of non-compliance 3:35-3:40
IX. Examples of ADA lawsuits in the online context 3:40-3:45
X. Mitigation strategies – Strategic versus Tactical approaches 3:45-3:50
XI. Beware quick fixes 3:50-3:55
XII. Getting on with it – hands on approach; change in company culture; consistent, monitored approach; increase institutional knowledge 3:55-4:00