Early Win for Deaf Plaintiff in VR Captioning Lawsuit

In 2020, lawyers for Dylan Panarra, a deaf man, filed a cutting edge lawsuit against the HTC corporation, one of the biggest electronics companies in the world. The lawsuit stated that HTC violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) because there is no captioning on the company’s Virtual Reality (“VR”) content. The first court ruling in the case came on April 15, 2022. Read more… Early Win for Deaf Plaintiff in VR Captioning Lawsuit

New regulations for kiosks and self-service transaction machines? We’ve been here before.

On September 21, 2022 the United States Access Board, a federal government agency, issued an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rule Making (ANPRM) about kiosks. The Notice is about the details for making self-service kiosks (alternatively referred to as self-service transaction machines (SSTMs)) independently usable by people with disabilities. The image accompanying this article is an… Read more… New regulations for kiosks and self-service transaction machines? We’ve been here before.

Proposed web and software accessibility legislation introduced in United States Congress

On September 28, 2022 the Websites and Software Applications Accessibility Act was introduced in both the United States Senate and the United States House of Representatives. (This is called “bicameral legislation” because the same proposed bill was introduced in both parts (Senate and House ) of the US Congress.) In the Senate the bill was… Read more… Proposed web and software accessibility legislation introduced in United States Congress

Podcasts Need Transcripts: December 2021 lawsuit against SiriusXM

On December 9, 2021, the National Association of the Deaf (“NAD”) and Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) filed a lawsuit against SiriusXM, Stitcher, and Pandora. The companies do not provide transcripts or captions for podcasts. (Sirius purchased Stitcher in 2020 for 325 million dollars. In 2019 it acquired Pandora in a $3.5 billion all-stock transaction.) The… Read more… Podcasts Need Transcripts: December 2021 lawsuit against SiriusXM

#ADA32: The ADA has applied to digital for decades

Recently I had the opportunity to ask an audience the first words that came to mind when I said “law in the digital accessibility space.” I heard what I often hear: “threatening” “ambiguous” “confusing.” Yet I heard something else too. I heard reference to the law in the digital space as a “powerful enabler”and a… Read more… #ADA32: The ADA has applied to digital for decades

Deja Vu All Over Again? DOJ Announces Intent to Adopt Web Accessibility Regulations for State and Local Governments

The ancient Greek story of Sisyphus tells of a doomed King sentenced forever to push a boulder uphill, only to witness it tumble down again just as he reaches the summit. The centuries-old story carries over to modern day English in the phrase “sisyphean task.” Dictionary.com defines such a task as one that is “seemingly… Read more… Deja Vu All Over Again? DOJ Announces Intent to Adopt Web Accessibility Regulations for State and Local Governments

Path-Breaking Accessibility Elder Sharron Rush Wins National AARP Prize

On July 28, 2022, AARP (formerly the American Association of Retired Persons) announced winners of the organization’s prestigious Purpose Prize for 2023. AARP, with over 38 million members, is one of the largest non-profit organizations in the United States. It chose Sharron Rush, founder and executive director of the digital accessibility consultancy Knowbility, as one… Read more… Path-Breaking Accessibility Elder Sharron Rush Wins National AARP Prize

Digital Accessibility Legal Updates on LFLegal (May 1 – July 10, 2022)

Below you will find new and updated articles about the digital accessibility legal landscape posted on this website since May 1, 2022. This is a time (like many) when I’m holding two conflicting realities. First, the law continues to recognize the right of disabled people to participate in the digital world (law = good). At… Read more… Digital Accessibility Legal Updates on LFLegal (May 1 – July 10, 2022)

Professional development courses must be accessible: New lawsuit settlement in case against SHRM

The Society of Human Relations Management (SHRM) describes itself as “the foremost expert, convener and thought leader on issues impacting today’s evolving workplaces. With 300,000+ HR and business executive members in 165 countries, SHRM impacts the lives of more than 115 million workers and families globally.” Now, as a result of a lawsuit filed in… Read more… Professional development courses must be accessible: New lawsuit settlement in case against SHRM

Two US Government Agencies Warn about Hiring Technology that Discriminates against Disabled Applicants

The unemployment rate for people with disabilities in the United States is at an unacceptable high rate. As the US Bureau of Labor Statistics stated in a February 2022 informational release: “Across all educational attainment groups, unemployment rates for persons with a disability were higher than those for persons without a disability.” Two new resources from the US federal government address one type of barrier to the employment of disabled people: Algorithmic and Artificial Intelligence (AI) hiring tools that discriminate. Read more… Two US Government Agencies Warn about Hiring Technology that Discriminates against Disabled Applicants