"Websites and the ADA," Webinar, Oregon Winegrowers Association
Wineries all across the country are receiving demand letters and lawsuits from plaintiffs' attorneys about alleged violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related state laws, claiming lack of website access for individuals with auditory and vision-related disabilities. While the ADA itself does not specify website access requirements, in much of the country, a website is considered either a place of public accommodation or a service of a place of public accommodation.
Either way, plaintiffs claim that websites must be accessible to disabled individuals. Canada, the European Union, the Department of Justice, and several federal circuit courts in the U.S. all require that websites follow the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG) published by the World Wide Web Consortium. Learn more about what an accessible website is and what the law requires to limit exposure to lawsuits.
- Janet Grumer, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP
- Kathy Wahlbin, The Paciello Gropu & Interactive Accessibility