Weight Watchers Announces Comprehensive Accessibility Initiative

Congratulations Weight Watchers! Posted here is a press release announcing Weight Watcher’s commitment to digital accessibility for its members and subscribers who are blind and visually impaired. Weight Watchers will use the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA as the standard for its online and mobile application content, and will be providing print material in accessible formats for persons with visual impairments who cannot read standard print. Weight Watchers worked on this initiative in Structured Negotiations with the American Council of the Blind and individual blind Weight Watchers members. They were represented by the Law Office of Lainey Feingold and Linda Dardarian of the Oakland, California civil rights firm Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho. Read more… Weight Watchers Announces Comprehensive Accessibility Initiative

The Digital Divide and People with Disabilities

On August 23, 2013, the New York Times published my letter to the editor about the digital divide and people with disabilities. The letter was in response to an an extensive article published by the Times on August 19, 2013, titled “Most of U.S. Is Wired, but Millions Aren’t Plugged In.” The article, based on a recent report by the U.S. Commerce Department, noted that “tens of millions of people are still on the sidelines of the digital revolution” and it went on to discuss the digital divide caused by various demographics including age, race, geography, education and class. Missing entirely from the Times’ article – disability and the digital divide. Read more… The Digital Divide and People with Disabilities

SuperFest 2013: Disability Stereotypes in Movie History

If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area on the evening of Saturday, October 12 you are in for a treat. That night at 7:00 pm, two venerable San Francisco disability institutions will be hosting the Superfest International Disability Film Festival. It promises to be a great event for film buffs, disability activists and pretty much anyone who is ready for a fun evening of stereotype-busting. The Law Office of Lainey Feingold is proud to be a community sponsor of this important cultural evening. Read more… SuperFest 2013: Disability Stereotypes in Movie History

It’s Hard to be Optimistic About the New DOT Web and Kiosks Regulations

On November 5, 2013 the United States Department of Transportation issued regulations governing the accessibility for people with disabilities to websites and kiosks of domestic and foreign airlines that sell air travel to U.S. consumers. While there are positive aspects of the new regulations, the government missed an enormous opportunity to advance and protect the rights of travelers with disabilities. Read more… It’s Hard to be Optimistic About the New DOT Web and Kiosks Regulations