As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, the legal landscape regarding the requirement for ADA compliance for websites was still evolving and subject to interpretation by courts. While the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) was enacted in 1990 primarily to address physical spaces and accommodations, courts have increasingly interpreted the ADA to apply to websites as well, considering them as places of public accommodation.

Although the ADA itself does not specifically mention websites, courts have ruled in favor of plaintiffs in cases where websites were found to be inaccessible to individuals with disabilities. As a result, many businesses, government entities, educational institutions, and organizations have taken steps to make their websites accessible to comply with the ADA guidelines.

While there is no explicit federal law mandating ADA compliance for websites, some states and local jurisdictions have enacted laws requiring websites to be accessible to individuals with disabilities. Additionally, the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), are widely considered the international standard for web accessibility and are often used as a benchmark for ADA compliance.

Given the increasing legal scrutiny and the importance of accessibility for all users, it is generally recommended that organizations make efforts to ensure that their websites are ADA compliant to provide equal access to individuals with disabilities. Failure to comply with ADA guidelines for website accessibility can lead to legal risks, including lawsuits and financial penalties. Therefore, it is advisable for businesses and organizations to prioritize web accessibility and strive to make their websites inclusive and accessible to all users.