Section 508 and Website Accessibility

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In 2018 it’s estimated that there were almost 3000 lawsuits filed under the ADA (Americans for Disability Act) in the US. The 2017 estimate for these lawsuits was only a little more than 800.

The lawsuits are being filed under ADA Section 508 which states that all information and electronic technology must be made accessible to people with disabilities. Similar standards are required in the EU.

Section 508 requires all entities with “places of public accommodations” to provide website and app accessibility to people with disabilities.   In the US, this has been the Federal Government and contractors who deal directly with the Federal Government.  By extension, this also covers State and Local Governments as well. 

Most of the current lawsuits are being filed against NGO’s and private businesses are only for compliance and legal fees, not damages. These issues are still being litigated in State and Federal Courts.

At the WordCamp Atlanta, there were several presentations on how to check to make sure your website meets the Section 508 standard.

The next blog post will have a checklist for helping meet the 508 Standard.

April 2019 US Disability Unemployment Rate

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April 2019 Unemployment Rates

(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)

Table A-6 and A-2

Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

Persons with a Disability

Unemployment Rate 6.3%       Participation Rate 20.7%

Persons without a Disability

Unemployment Rate 3.2%       Participation Rate 68.3%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 11.9%    Participation Rate 31.7%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%

Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

Next release date is June 7, 2019.

March 2019 US Disability Unemployment Rates

March 2019 Unemployment Rates
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
Table A-6 and A-2
Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

Persons with a Disability 

Unemployment Rate 7.9%       Participation Rate 21.5%  

Persons without a Disability 

Unemployment Rate 3.8%       Participation Rate 68.5%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 12.1%    Participation Rate 33.3%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%
Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

Next release date is May 3, 2019.

February 2019 US Disability Unemployment Rates

February 2019 Unemployment Rates
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
Table A-6 and A-2
Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

Persons with a Disability 

Unemployment Rate 9.1%       Participation Rate 20.9%  

Persons without a Disability 

Unemployment Rate 3.9%       Participation Rate 68.6%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 14.0%    Participation Rate 32.4%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%
Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

Next release date is March 8, 2019.

January 2019 US Disability Unemployment Rate

Released at 0830, February 1, 2019

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January 2019 Unemployment Rates
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
Table A-6 and A-2
Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

Persons with a Disability 

Unemployment Rate 9.0 %       Participation Rate 20.5%  

Persons without a Disability 

Unemployment Rate 4.2%       Participation Rate 68.3%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 13.7%    Participation Rate 32.8%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%
Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

Next Release Date is March 8, 2019

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

Next release date is March 8, 2019.

December 2018 Unemployment Rate

December 2018 Unemployment Rates

(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)

Table A-6 and A-2

Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

Persons with a Disability

Unemployment Rate 7,9 %    Participation Rate 20.7%

Persons without a Disability

Unemployment Rate 3.5%    Participation Rate 68.4%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 11.0%    Participation Rate 33.5%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%

Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

Next release date 0830, February 1, 2019

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

November 2018 US Disability Unemployment

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November 2018 Unemployment Rates
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
Table A-6 and A-2
Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

 

Persons with a Disability

Unemployment Rate 7.7%       Participation Rate 21.1%

Persons without a Disability

Unemployment Rate 3.3%       Participation Rate 66.2%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 12.0 %    Participation Rate 33.5%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%
Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

Next release date 0830, January 4, 2019

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

October 2018 US Disability Unemployment Rate

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October 2018 Unemployment Rates

(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)

Table A-6 and A-2

Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

Persons with a Disability

Unemployment Rate 7.4 %    Participation Rate 21.5%

Persons without a Disability

Unemployment Rate 3.4%    Participation Rate 68,4%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 11.6%    Participation Rate 34.0%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%

Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

Next release date 0830, December 7, 2018

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

 

September 2018 US Unemployment Rates

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September 2018 Unemployment Rates
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
Table A-6 and A-2
Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

 

Persons with a Disability

Unemployment Rate 7.3 %       Participation Rate 21.4%

Persons without a Disability

Unemployment Rate 3.4%       Participation Rate 68.2%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 12.3%    Participation Rate 33.2%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%
Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

Next release date 0830, November 2, 2018

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm

August 2018 US Disability Unemployment Rates

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August 2018 Unemployment Rates
(NOT SEASONALLY ADJUSTED)
Table A-6 and A-2
Bureau of Labor Statistics, USDOL

 

Persons with a Disability

Unemployment Rate 8.0%       Participation Rate 20.8%

Persons without a Disability

Unemployment Rate 3.8%       Participation Rate 68.2%

Teenage

Unemployment Rate 12.3%    Participation Rate 35.7%

LEARNING DISABILITY Diagnosis– 15-20%
Estimate of the number of people with a diagnosed or undiagnosed Learning Disability

Next release date 0830, October 5, 2018

https://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.nr0.htm