Could a blind person use your website?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr One of the tricky things about dispensing compliance/legal advice to institutions as diverse in size as credit unions is to balance the needs to provide a heads up about emerging issues, against the need to help credit unions prioritize truly pressing concerns.With this sanctimonious lead, one of your faithful bloggers take away from this year’s Mortgage Bankers Association Legal and Compliance conference, is that it is time for your credit union to, at the very least, begin viewing its website as an extension of your physical infrastructure that is subject to the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA). I have been hesitant to talk about this issue for several months, because the exact legal frame work that your credit union is operating under remains unsettled. For example, key regulations promised, promised and promised by the Department of Justice have never been finalized. It is still an open question at what point a website that is open to the public is subject to public accommodations for the disabled.Conversely, there are plenty of anecdotes that website lawsuits are on the rise. In one break out session close to the majority of the audience indicated they had received letters threating legal action over their websites. continue reading »last_img read more