United States – federal (national)

This country/region is part of the Global Law and Policy Page, which contains information about laws that protect disabled people’s rights to participate in the digital world.

The digital accessibility legal landscape is flourishing in the United States. Significant strides towards full inclusion of people with disabilities in the digital world have been made as a result of a strong legal framework, grassroots advocacy, litigation by both private parties and the federal government, Structured Negotiation, and successful administrative complaints and guidance from the United States Department of Justice and other agencies.

This section of the LFLegal Global Law and Policy page lists federal (national) digital accessibility laws, regulations, and examples of implementation. Resources for staying abreast of the United States digital accessibility legal landscape are also listed.

National laws apply across the United States, although they may be interpreted differently by courts in different parts of the country. Visit the section of this page titled United States – state and local governments for additional information about  digital accessibility laws and policies in individual states or cities.

Resources to keep up with the digital accessibility legal space in the United States

Section 508

Section 508 requires Federal agencies to make their electronic and information technology (EIT) accessible to people with disabilities and requires the federal government to purchase technology that is accessible.