OAKLAND – California Attorney General Rob Bonta today joined a multistate coalition of attorneys general in submitting a comment letter supporting an update to the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) Title II regulations that seeks to improve equal access for people with disabilities online by establishing specific requirements for state and local government websites and mobile applications (mobile apps). As society becomes increasingly reliant on websites and mobile apps for information, services, and more, it is essential that public entities ensure their website and mobile app-based services are accessible to individuals with disabilities.
“The Americans with Disabilities Act has been an essential tool for safeguarding the civil rights of people with disabilities since 1990, and it’s important that the protections set forth in this landmark law keep up with the times,” said Attorney General Bonta. “In this digital age, as our lives move increasingly online, public agencies must ensure they are meeting people where they are. The Biden administration’s proposed regulations do just that by setting standards for state and local public entities to better serve our communities with disabilities. In California, we are committed to ensuring equal access for people with disabilities to all aspects of life — on and offline.”
The ADA is designed to ensure individuals with disabilities have equal access to all aspects of society and to prohibit discrimination against them through strong, consistent, and enforceable standards. Title II of the ADA applies to all activities of state and local governments.
In the comment letter, the attorneys general support the U.S. Department of Justice’s (U.S. DOJ) proposed regulations to update Title II to set consistent, achievable standards to ensure that people with disabilities can access public entities’ services, programs, and activities.
In the comments, among other things, the coalition:
A copy of the comment letter is available here.