Biden's New Rule: A Leap Forward for Digital Accessibility

Submitted by jessmendes on Thu, 08/03/2023 - 16:58

In a significant stride towards inclusivity, the Biden administration unveiled groundbreaking regulations aimed at enhancing accessibility on state and local government websites and apps. The proposal, announced by the White House, underlines the need for these platforms to be more user-friendly for individuals with disabilities.

Key provisions include text descriptions for images to aid visually impaired users and captioning for government videos. The move resonates strongly with IHCD's ethos, echoing our commitment to advancing the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) via the New England ADA Center. 

Undoubtedly, the digital landscape often has hindering access to essential resources. This administration's determination to bridge this gap is evident, with Arati Prabhakar, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, stating, "President Biden has been completely clear that everyone in America has to be able to share in the benefits of technology."

As we approach the 33rd anniversary of the ADA, this announcement brings renewed hope for a more equitable digital future. The timeline for the implementation of these rigorous standards will become clearer with the formal release of the proposed DOJ rule. Let us celebrate this milestone as a testament to progress and a testament to the enduring spirit of inclusivity.