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The 2020 AccessU Digital Accessibility Legal Update

taught by: Lainey Feingold

Session Summary

Accessibility is a civil right of people with disabilities. This class will share up-to-date developments in the digital accessibility legal space with an emphasis on how participants can use the law to advance accessibility whatever their role.


This class will explore recent highlights of the digital accessibility legal landscape in the United States. Topics include lawsuits, Structured Negotiation settlements, court orders, and administrative actions. Foundational laws and legal actions that support digital accessibility will also be discussed.

What did the U.S. Supreme Court say about accessibility in the Domino’s Pizza case? How does the recent settlement between Harvard and the National Association of the Deaf about captioning impact higher education across the country? Why has there been a 3000% increase in the number of web accessibility lawsuits filed in the United States over the past three years? What ethics issues impact the digital accessibility legal space? What best practices can help your organization avoid a legal claim?

These questions and more will be answered in a straight-forward presentation without legal jargon. This class is designed for anyone interested in making the digital world accessible. This includes educators, policy makers, developers, designers, advocates, corporate and government champions, lawyers, and more. We’ll even take out the crystal ball and consider where the law might be going next.

Digital accessibility is a civil right increasingly recognized across the globe. Inaccessible websites, mobile apps, kiosks, workplace and educational software and other technologies prevent people with disabilities from fully participating in large swaths of the public or private sector, including higher ed and K-12. Come learn key take-aways about the digital accessibility legal space so you can “put the law in their pocket” to advance digital inclusion for all.

Practical Skills

  • The ability to talk about digital accessibility law with enthusiasm and without fear
  • How to keep up with developments in the digital accessibility legal space
  • Best practices to stay ahead of the legal curve

Presentation Materials