United States Laws
Introduction to US Laws
- Current page: Page 1: Introduction to US Laws
- Page 2: Overview of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Sections 504 and 508)
- Page 3: Overview of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
- Page 4: Overview of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), 1997
- Page 5: Overview of Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996
Something to Think About...
Understanding the myths and realities of US law is important when it comes to web accessibility. For example did you know that there is no such thing as "an accessible web site per ADA standards"? Did you know why the accessibility requirements in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act might not pertain to an educational institution but regulations would from Section 504 of the same Act?
The following sections cover key US laws pertinent to web accessibility. This information will help you understand the conditions under which you must create web content that is accessible to individuals with disabilities under US law.
The information provided here should not be inferred to be legal advice. Anyone questioning legal obligations for their web site should consult with an attorney. None of the WebAIM staff are attorneys and the information contained here is intended to be broad and general. Specific conditions could apply to your site not considered by WebAIM.