Compliance: CUNA’s ADA website accessibility resources
As CUNA Chief Compliance Office Jared Ihrig mentioned in last week’s webinar on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) website accessibility, CUNA has developed a number of compliance resources designed to help credit unions ward off potential legal threats. As credit unions are facing increasing threats of litigation over ADA uncertainty, CUNA has made it a top advocacy priority.
CUNA’s FAQ document explains the current status of potential rulemaking, and advises credit unions on standards they should follow in the absence of federal regulations.
Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, developed by the World Wide Web Consortium, is used by many website operators as a de facto standard. It contains “success criteria” categorized into three levels: Level A (provides the most basic accessibility features); Level AA (addresses most common barriers); and Level AAA (the highest level of web accessibility).
WCAG 2.0 includes tips for getting started with web accessibility, which includes tips on:
- User interface and visual design
- Writing and content presentation; and
- Tips for markup and coding.
While the Department of Justice has not adopted WCAG 2.0, it is the accessibility standard for federal agency websites.
Other questions covered in the CUNA FAQ document include:
- A list of common website problems that can cause accessibility issues;
- Whether websites fall under the ADA’s “place of public accommodation;”
- Information on the “Dominos Disclosure;” and
- A list of links to resources and other compliance tips.