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On October 1, 2020 a “bill to amend the Americans with Disabilities Act” was introduced in the United States House of Representatives. Titled the “Online Accessibility Act” with the number H.R. 8478, the opening paragraph might sound appealing to advocates for digital inclusion. A deeper look reveals dangerous legislation for those who care about civil…
Read more… Proposed Online Accessibility Act in US Congress is Bad for Digital Inclusion
Thanks to web developer extraordinaire Natalie Maclees of Digita11y, my site has a new design. For one thing, there are now dolphins leaping out of the water at the top of every page. Here’s more about that and the other changes. No more copyright I have removed the copyright symbol — (c) — at the…
Read more… No Sharks, No Copyright: LFLegal Gets a Refresh
My website just got a refresh and a dolphin swam into the header. Did I convert my law practice to an aquarium? Did I move to Miami? I did not. Many people think lawyers should act like sharks. I have chosen the dolphin instead. Dolphins collaborate and have good communication skills. That’s the kind of lawyer I try to be.
Read more… Why a Dolphin?
On September 4, 2020, AudioEye, Inc. sued accessiBe, Ltd for patent infringement. The lawsuit between these two very well-funded digital accessibility companies was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas and reported in Justia Dockets and Filings.
Read more… AudioEye Sues AccessiBe for Patent Infringement
On August 26, 2020, the TRE Legal Practice announced a settlement with West Valley College that ensures blind students have access to critical educational technology, including immersive virtual language tools. Reached in Structured Negotiation without a lawsuit, among other things the agreement mandates that future procurement contracts must include provisions requiring technology vendors to deliver…
Read more… West Valley College improves technology for students in Structured Negotiation
[updated 10.18.20 to add a resource from French web accessibility consultant Julie Moynat. Thank you Julie for (sadly) teaching me the global reach of the problem described in this article.] The Americans with Disabilities Act celebrated its 30th anniversary last month. The law was born of the struggles, stories, pain and advocacy of disabled people…
Read more… Honor the ADA: Avoid Web Accessibility Quick-Fix Overlays
[This post updated August 2020] July 26 marks the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The ADA was passed just one year after Sir Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web. In 1990 when then-president George Bush signed the law there were exactly zero websites. Two years later there were ten. And today? Over 1,786,367, 115. Because of the brilliance of the disability organizers and bill drafters, the ADA has provided a strong foundation for advancing accessibility in the digital world.
Read more… Digital Accessibility Legal Update: ADA Anniversary Edition
CVS Pharmacy announced that it has developed Spoken Rx™, a new feature of the CVS Pharmacy app that can read a specific type of label for patients with visual impairments and those who cannot read standard print labels. Spoken Rx is the first in-app prescription reader application to be developed by a national retail pharmacy.
Read more… CVS Spoken Rx™ Press Release
Congratulations Patreon! The popular membership platform for creators and their supporters recently announced its commitment to digital accessibility with the press release posted here. Patreon worked in conjunction with the American Council of the Blind and blind creators and patrons including Robert Kingett in Structured Negotiation on its accessibility initiative. Lainey Feingold and Washington, D.C.…
Read more… Patreon Accessibility Press Release
Congratulations to Patreon! Posted here is the digital accessibility settlement agreement the company reached with the American Council of the Blind and individual blind patrons and supporters. The agreement was reached with Structured Negotiation, a collaborative way to solve legal problems. No lawsuit was needed.
Read more… Patreon Digital Accessibility Agreement