AB 1757 mandates compliance with WCAG 2.1 Level AA Standards for websites and mobile apps accessed in California. Failure to comply could result in penalties, statutory damages, and more.
Any business with an online presence accessible in California falls under the purview of this proposed law. (This carries implications for businesses beyond CA, since most websites can be accessed across the country.)
Key Compliance Requirements
Businesses must adhere to comprehensive accessibility standards, including synchronized captions for live audio content and audio descriptions for prerecorded video content.
The legislation introduces the “Equally Effective Communication” standard, enabling individuals with disabilities to seek damages if they encounter barriers to access.
Both businesses and third-party developers could face liability for accessibility issues, creating a reciprocal relationship.
No Transition Period
If enacted, businesses won’t have a grace period for compliance.
AB 1757’s reach extends beyond California, potentially making WCAG 2.1 AA the de facto national standard. This raises questions about its interplay with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
The Road Ahead
While AB 1757 is currently on hold, it could become law in 2024. As businesses navigate this evolving landscape, staying informed is crucial.
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