Accessibility in the public sector requires a robust implementation roadmap. Failing to plan for the risks could become a potential landmine and could derail years of progress. In addition to regulatory guidelines, it is necessary to watch out for legal hurdles. Staying ahead of regulatory guidelines and legal hurdles will need constant scrutiny and an extra pair of helping hands.
Federal and state agencies are vulnerable to accessibility-related lawsuits that could potentially dent public expenditure budgets. With Congress getting into the “act,” new laws like the COVID–19 Hate Crimes Act; mandate accessibility of quality online reporting that is both effective and relevant (in the language of choice) for people with disabilities to report misdemeanors. Agencies are required to be aware of laws to mitigate risks of non-compliance and lawsuits that may arise as a result.
This infographic provides a high-level overview of disability accessibility standards and the WCAG compliance regulations that accessibility-related professionals must know.