From ADA News:
For what is believed to be the first time, a court has ruled that failure to make a website accessible to people with disabilities violated the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The business cited in the linked article was not a dental office. However the implication is that any business will be subject to this new interpretation of the ADA (American’s with Disabilities Act…not the the dental assoc.)
On the one hand of course we want to make our websites usable by people with disabilities. On the other hand what does that entail and how do I get it done? The answer to that question is not yet clear. Much as we have seen when government registrations invaded dentistry in other areas, most obviously OSHA and HIPAA there is a lot of speculation and fear mongering among vendors trying to panic us into unneeded purchases.
For now the ADA (the dental one) has offers the following
“A Dentist’s Guide to the Law: 228 Things Every Dentist Should Know” (L756), from the ADA Catalog, includes sections on the Americans with Disabilities Act and its provisions affecting website development, including sample language for a web developer contract.