by B.E. Lewis, RDPFS Intern:
Across the nation, people routinely rely on web and mobile apps (applications) to access vital public programs and services, such as resources related to employment and education, voting information, health and emergency services, parking, and transit schedules. It is essential for these technologies to be accessible for people with disabilities. To improve web and mobile applications (apps) access for people with disabilities and clarify how state and local governments can meet existing ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) obligations, the Department of Justice (DOJ) has issued a “notice of proposed rule-making” under Title II of the ADA. Comments from the public can be submitted through October 3, 2023. DOJ invites written comments and input from the public, including relevant stakeholders, which can be submitted via any of the following methods: The Federal Register, by selecting the “Submit a Formal Comment” link at the top of the notice and following the instructions; the Regulations.gov e-rulemaking portal, selecting the “Comment” link and following instructions; or via U.S. mail or overnight, couriers, or hand delivery. For more details, including mailing addresses and contact telephone numbers, read the U.S. Access Board piece announcing that the Department of Justice Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Rule to Strengthen Web and Mobile App Access for People with Disabilities.