Website Liability Under US Accessibility Laws


Scheduled at 8:00am in WB III on Wednesday, November 15 (2017).



  • Ken Nakata, Director of Accessibility Consulting Practice, Cyxtera

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


Do you understand how U.S. disability laws affect websites? This presentation will review the most important accessibility laws for US-based organizations and universities and present approaches to avoid serious fines and penalties.


If you are new to web accessibility or a seasoned veteran, understanding how different civil rights laws like the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and California’s Unruh Act require organizations to offer people with disabilities the same access to content and information as everyone else is vital. But a tapestry of evolving Federal, State and industry-specific laws can be confusing.

Join Ken Nakata, a former Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice and who has specialized in accessibility for the last 24 years, as he discusses:

1. Changing accessibility laws like Section 504, 508, ADA Title III and California Unruh Act 2. How DOJ and private litigants have interpreted applying accessibility laws to the internet 3. What it means for a website to be “accessible”

Learn which laws apply to you and how to minimize litigation risk.


  1. Learn about the key accessibility laws
  2. Learn about the application of these accessibility laws to websites
  3. Understand the differences between private sector and public sector liability

Disability Areas

Topic Areas

Legal, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Ken Nakata

Ken Nakata is the one of the most well-known attorneys in the area of IT accessibility and is the Director of Cryptzone’s Accessibility Consulting Practice (ACP). His work focuses on Web and software accessibility from both a legal and technical perspective. Nakata’s ACP team helps organizations manage the change towards accessibility in all aspects, providing consulting services aimed at shaping their accessibility policies and practices, and evaluating the overall state of their Web properties leveraging the company’s accessibility solutions. Nakata worked for twelve years as a Senior Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice. He has argued on behalf of the United States government many times before the federal courts and has helped shape the government’s policies for the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. Nakata also worked as Director of Accessibility and Government Compliance at BayFirst Solutions, a Washington, DC consulting firm.