LIVESTREAM -A11YNYC – Oct 17 – Digital Accessibility and Civil Rights – Lainey Feingold

Accessibility NYC Meetup – October 17 2023

“Digital Accessibility and Civil Rights: The 2023 legal landscape for the A11yNYC Community” will offer an overview of what’s happening in the United States digital accessibility legal space. It will suggest ways we can all talk about the law, whatever our roles, without fear and restriction. There’s a lot to talk about! New legislation in the US Congress and proposed (or soon-to-be-proposed) accessibility regulations on many topics.

Beyond regulations, federal agencies have recently issued guidance about how existing laws require accessibility in Telehealth, Artificial Intelligence (AI) hiring tools, and #EdTech. And of course, there are lawsuits and Structured Negotiations. Whatever your role in digital accessibility, come learn to “put the law in your pocket” as we build a digital world without exclusion, where disabled people are fully included.

All of us working in digital accessibility are engaged in change management. Every day we are trying to change hearts and minds on the road to an inclusive digital world. The law can help!

Digital accessibility is a legal issue because accessibility is a civil right of disabled people. In the United States, though, the law is often spoken of with fear, as something unrelated to actual people who are (and want to be!) creators and consumers of digital tech and content.

This talk will:
* Offer a brief overview of what is happening in the United States legal space.
* Suggest language and tools for talking about the law whatever your role is (or you want it to be) in the digital accessibility ecosystem.
* There will be time for your questions.

This event will be online and in-person.

Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer, author, and international speaker who has worked in the digital accessibility space since 1995. She helped negotiate the first web accessibility agreement in the United States in 2000 and has worked with dozens of companies and public sector organizations on accessibility initiatives since then.

Lainey is the author of Structured Negotiation: A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits (2d Edition 2021). She was named a Legal Rebel and Problem Solver of the Year by the American Bar Association in 2017 and twice received a California Lawyer Magazine Attorney of the Year Award.

Lainey serves on the Board of Teach Access, a nonprofit collaborating with education, industry, and disability advocacy organizations to bridge the accessibility skills gap. Learn more about Lainey at


The presentation will have Captions [CC].

Provided by Internet Society New York Chapter Accessibility SIG.

All A11yNYC meetups are pre-approved for IAAP Continuing Accessibility Education Credits (CAEC).

Thanks to Asana, Evinced, Equal Entry, Fable, and Google for sponsoring.

New York City is home to virtually every type of person and every type of company on earth. Our group exists to advance accessibility and inclusive design. Our goal is to bring together NYC’s accessibility community to share ideas, best practices, and our experiences. If you’re interested in accessibility and inclusive design then we want you in this group. We meet monthly, our previous presentations are archived on this YouTube channel – Follow us on Twitter @A11YNYC

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