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To what extent does the ADA require that Internet web pages be accessible to people with visual disabilities?
Entities subject to title II or III of the ADA must provide effective communication to individuals with disabilities, and covered entities that use the Internet to provide information regarding their programs, goods or services must be prepared to offer those communications through accessible means. Such entities may provide web page information in text format that is accessible to screen reading devices that are used by people with visual impairments, and they may also offer alternative accessible formats that are identified in a screen-readable format on a web page.
Posted in the Law Reporter, Vol. 10, Issue 6, 9/11/97
Deval L. Patrick, Former Assistant Attorney General
Civil Rights Division