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Digital Accessibility as a Civil Right: Legal Update for AccessU

taught by: Lainey Feingold

Session Summary

This class will offer the fundamentals of why accessibility is a civil right of disabled people and share up-to-date developments in the digital accessibility legal space relevant across the public, private, and education sectors.


This class will lay the foundation and explore recent highlights of the digital accessibility legal landscape in the United States (with a brief dip into international law and policy). We'll talk about the ethics issues impact the digital accessibility legal space and think about best practices to help your organization avoid a legal claim. Topics include lawsuits, Structured Negotiation settlements, court orders, and administrative actions. Bring your questions about how the law impacts digital accessibility. They 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 in the Biden/Harris administration. Come learn key take-aways about the digital accessibility legal space so you can “put the law in your pocket” to advance digital inclusion for all.

Practical Skills

  • Understand why accessibility is a civil right of disabled people.
  • Become fluent in talking about the law without fear and threat.
  • Learn key ways the disability community is using the law to advance digital inclusion.