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DOJ/CRT RIN: 1190-AA79 Publication ID: Fall 2022 
Title: Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability: Accessibility of Web Information and Services of State and Local Governments 

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) states that: no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of services, programs, or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity 42 U.S.C. 12132. However, many websites from public entities (i.e., State and local governments) fail to incorporate or activate features that enable users with disabilities to access the public entity’s services, programs, and activities.  The Department intends to publish a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to amend its Title II ADA regulation to provide technical standards to assist public entities in complying with their existing obligations to make their websites accessible to individuals with disabilities.

Agency: Department of Justice(DOJ)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 28 CFR 35   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None

Statement of Need:

Just as steps exclude people who use wheelchairs from a building, inaccessible websites can exclude people with a range of disabilities from accessing critical State and local government services.  The Department is proposing technical requirements to provide concrete standards to public entities on how to fulfill their obligations under title II to provide access to all of their services, programs, and activities that are provided via the web.  The Department believes the requirements described in this rule are necessary to ensure the equality of opportunity, full participation, independent living, and economic self-sufficiency for individuals with disabilities as set forth in the ADA.  42 U.S.C.  12101(a)(7).  This is particularly necessary now that public entities increasingly rely on the web to provide their services, programs, and activities.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

The summary of the legal basis for this regulation is set forth in the above abstract.


The Department intends to consider various alternatives for ensuring full access to websites of State and local Governments and will solicit public comments addressing these alternatives.

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

The Department anticipates that this rule will be "economically significant," that is, that the rule will have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, or adversely affect in a material way the economy, a sector of the economy, the environment, public health or safety, or State, local or tribal governments or communities. However, the Department believes that revising its title II rule to clarify the obligations of State and local governments to provide accessible websites will significantly increase equal access by providing citizens with disabilities the opportunity to participate in, and benefit from, State and local government services, programs, and activities. It will also ensure that individuals with disabilities have access to important services and information that are provided over the web, such as benefit applications and emergency information. In drafting this NPRM, the Department will attempt to minimize the compliance costs to State and local governments while maximizing the benefits of compliance to persons with disabilities.


If the Department does not revise its ADA title II regulations to address website accessibility, persons with disabilities in many communities will continue to be unable to access their State and local governmental services in the same manner available to citizens without disabilities, and in some cases will not be able to access those services at all. And State and local governments will not have specific information about how to meet their ADA obligations with respect to website accessibility.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/00/2023 
NPRM Comment Period End  07/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Local, State 
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Rebecca Bond
Chief, Disability Rights Section
Department of Justice
Civil Rights Division
4 Constitution Square, 150 M Street NE,
Washington, DC 20002
Phone:202 307-0663