Digital Accessibility – Developments in 2018


In 2018, the field of digital accessibility witnessed a number of developments, including increasing litigation, demand letters, and the release of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1), the first revision of WCAG since December 2008. The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR) also provided limited insight on their views about web accessibility compliance under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, both of which affect colleges and universities generally. This article, written for the EDUCAUSE Policy Office by Teresa L. Jakubowski, a legal expert on accessibility law and its application to higher education, provides an overview of major developments in digital accessibility over the course of 2018, as well as recommendations for institutions to consider in navigating their implications.

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