Lexology May 10, 2024
Reed Smith LLP

Key takeaways

  • HHS’s new rule under Section 504 adopts a technical standard for digital accessibility applicable to covered entities within two or three years (based on number of employees)
  • Websites and apps provided or developed by third parties will be required to meet this standard
  • Work-around procedures can be used for programs provided through kiosks, but they must provide equal access, convenience and confidentiality

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through its Office for Civil Rights, recently published a historic final rule (the Rule) advancing broad protections for people with disabilities under section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504). The Rule broadly applies to all recipients of federal financial assistance from HHS (recipients)...

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