ADA promulgating information on helping dentists make their websites accessible

by Larry Emmott on May 10, 2017

in Internet

From ADA News:  Completely Missing The Point

The law has been construed, in some instances, to require that such accessibility be extended to websites offering services to the public.

Source: ADA promulgating information on helping dentists make their websites accessible

What did he say? “has been construed” that means there is no clear construction. It might be.

Some additional thoughts:

  • Is it a good idea for dentists to have accessible websites? Yes.
  • Are dentists required by law to have accessible websites?  No.
  • Does the attorney in Texas have standing to sue dentists because of non compliant websites? No.

Bottom Line:

US dentists should work with web developers to create accessible web sites. There are some guidelines but at this time there are no clear rules that define an accessible site. There is no urgent need to alter or take down a current site. That does not mean that dentists should not strive to having an accessible site, accessibility is the right thing to do. In the mean time some hack lawyers are using the threat of the law to extort money from dentists.

 

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