Court Hears Argument about Audio Description and Captioning

On January 13, 2010, Court Room 2 of the federal court of appeals in San Francisco was packed with people with visual and hearing impairments. The public was there to listen to oral argument about whether a lawsuit can be filed against a movie theater that refuses to provide captioning or audio description for movie-goers with disabilities. The three appellate judges hearing the case demonstrated a keen interest in the issue and grilled the lawyer for the Harkins movie chain about why his company didn’t just “do the right thing” Read more…

Structured Negotiations a Topic at 2010 Conferences

Lainey Feingold will be speaking about Structured Negotiations at two conferences this Spring. For the fifth time, Lainey will be speaking in March at the annual International Technology & Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN) when it moves to San Diego. She will also present on Structured Negotiations at the National Disability Rights Network (NDRN) Annual Protection and Advocacy Conference this June. Read more…

Web Accessibility Press Coverage on New Year’s Day

Web more accessible to those with disabilities (article appearing on page 1 of the San Francisco Chronicle on January 1, 2010, by staff writer Alejandro Martínez-Cabrera) San Francisco, CA (January 1, 2010)– During her high school years, Lisamaria Martinez, who has been visually impaired since she was 5, carried a 25-pound backpack to school crammed with books written in Braille. But once she was introduced to the Web at UC Berkeley, she started getting professors’ class notes by e-mail, using text-to-speech software, and trading heavy Braille tomes for a few words and a click on a search engine. Read more…