Industry News From Around the Web - July 2017



  • West Launches SchoolMessenger Accessibility Resource Center to Help Schools Better Understand and Improve Website Accessibility

    By Press Release (July 11, 2017)

    • "'School districts recognize that to effectively communicate with all of their audiences, as well as to meet federal regulations, their websites need to be accessible to all users, so we’ve assembled this collection of resources to help schools and districts ensure all website visitors have equal access to information and functionality,' said Robert Iskander, executive vice president and general manager of West’s Education group."
    • "Items available include a website accessibility FAQ, a digital accessibility toolkit for K-12 administrators, accessibility tips for web authors, and more."
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  • Accessibility is innovation

    by Jake Araullo (July 9, 2017)

    • "Hardware and software accessiblity is simply this: facilitating information exchange as intended between a system and a person."
    • "Rather than just burden, accessibility provides technology creators opportunity. Expanding the depth, breadth and flexibility of how tech creations talk to the world isn’t just the right thing to do, it makes our products better."
    • "As we create the future, accessibility cannot afford to be an afterthought. We must actively consider how we facilitate those who may not share information the same ways we do."
  • Go to Medium

  • Accessible UI Components For The Web

    By Addy Osmani (July 22, 2017)

    • "To be accessible, UI components need to work across multiple devices with varying screen-sizes and different kinds of input. Moreover, components should be usable by the broadest group of users, including those with disabilities."
    • "When designing for accessibility, there are four key areas of disability to consider: visual, hearing, mobility and cognition."
  • Go to Medium


  • Justice Department Says Vending Machines Are Not Places Of Public Accommodation—And So Much More

    By Kristina M. Launey & Minh Vu (July 27, 2017)

    • "The Supreme Court recently asked the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to weigh in on whether vending machines are places of public accommodation covered by Title III of the ADA."
    • "The Court’s request related to a pending a Petition for Certiorari filed by a blind plaintiff who unsuccessfully sued Coca-Cola for allegedly owning and/or operating vending machines that are not independently usable by the blind. "
    • "Both the District Court and the Fifth Circuit had concluded that such machines are not public accommodations under the ADA."
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  • DOJ Disables Titles II and III Website Regulations

    By David Raizman (July 31, 2017)

    • "The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has placed its once-planned website accessibility regulations under Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on an inactive list, putting to rest speculation about what the Trump administration may do with respect to the long-promised regulations."
    • "As a result, private businesses may want to consider complying with WCAG 2.0 AA at the earliest possible time as the best hope to avoid liability and litigation. In the absence of immediate compliance, steps can be taken to provide accessibility to web-based services through alternative means and to generate a compliance schedule and plan to which the business is prepared to adhere."
  • Go to The National Law Review

  • Passing the ADA Education and Reform Act would be a step backwards for equality and justice

    By Mark A. Riccobono (July 26, 2017)

    • "The National Federation of the Blind, the country’s oldest and largest nationwide organization of blind people, has always been determined in our efforts to break down barriers that hinder us from transforming our dreams into reality and living the lives we want."
    • "The ADA, while not the only means through which we achieve these goals, has been and continues to be indispensable. Specifically, Title III of the ADA provides legal remedies for the blind when we encounter accessibility barriers as we work, study, shop, travel, and generally avail ourselves of the things that society has to offer."
  • Go to The Hill


  • Uber is sued over lack of wheelchair-accessible cars in NYC

    Jonathan Stempel (July 18, 2017)

    • "Uber Technologies Inc was sued on Tuesday by disability rights groups and wheelchair users accusing the ride-sharing company of violating New York City human rights laws by failing to make enough of its vehicles accessible to disabled people."
    • "The proposed class-action complaint said Uber engaged in "pervasive and ongoing discrimination" because people in wheelchairs can use only a few dozen of its more than 58,000 vehicles in the city."
  • Go to Reuters

  • Americans with Disabilities Act: An Epic Tragedy of Good Intentions

    By Mark Pulliam (July 27, 2017)

    • "Looking back at the Americans with Disabilities Act, passed by Congress in 1990, one has to be struck by the extent to which the ADA’s lofty sentiments have been overwhelmed by its adverse results. If it’s true that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, then the ADA is a veritable Autobahn of wishful thinking gone awry."
    • "In the area of employment (covered by its Title I), the ADA has spawned a large and growing caseload of 'discrimination charges' at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission."
  • Go to Library of Law and Liberty

  • 'Frivolous' lawsuits target business websites

    By Dave Biscobing & Shawn Martin (July 26, 2017)

    • "There's a new wave of disability-access lawsuits rolling into Arizona and finding businesses to sue is now as simple as surfing the internet."
    • "Across the country, plaintiffs and attorneys have been testing cases filed against businesses whose websites they claim discriminate against people with disabilities."
    • "These website-related lawsuits are a departure from the tens-of-thousands of complaints filed under the Americans with Disabilities Act that have targeted brick-and-motor business locations for issues like a lack of accessible parking spaces, ramps and bathroom stalls."
  • Go to ABC

  • Trending: Website Accessibility Lawsuits under Americans with Disabilities Act on the Rise

    By Jackson Lewis PC (July 25, 2017)

    • "For years, lawsuits under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act concerning places of public accommodation were confined to brick-and-mortar physical barriers, such has steps, excessive slopes in parking lots, and routes that were too narrow for individuals in wheelchairs to use."
    • "Now, in the e-commerce age, lawsuits complaining that businesses websites are not accessible to vision-impaired users in violation of Title III are on the rise."
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  • A Better Way to Deliver Disability Employment Training

    by Joyce Bender (July 31, 2017)

    • "eLearning solutions are gaining popularity, and for good reason. The best organizations are using them as efficient and effective platforms to present information in a crisp, engaging way."
    • "Now, Bender Consulting is excited to share a revolutionary best-in-class e-learning solution specifically focused on disability employment."
  • Go to LinkedIn

  • Mozilla is crowdsourcing voice recognition to make AI work for the people

    By James Vincent (July 27, 2017)

    • "Data is critical to building great AI — so much so, that researchers in the field compare it to coal during the Industrial Revolution."
    • "Now a new project from the Mozilla (the nonprofit creator of the Firefox browser) is experimenting with an alternative to data monopolies, by asking users to pool information in order to power open-sourced AI initiatives."
  • Go to The Verge

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