Legal Update: Accessibility Overlay Edition

This post originally shared four developments in the legal space about web accessibility overlays. Three are very troubling. One gives hope for stemming the tide of quick-fix “not-solutions” that can actually make websites less usable by people with disabilities. Updates add new content to the original four developments. New to the overlay issue? I first… Read more… Legal Update: Accessibility Overlay Edition

Digital Accessibility Laws Around the Globe

[Most recent updates to Australia and Luxembourg section in May 2021 [Previous updates [to Israel section] in February, 2021. [to France section] also in February, 2021. –Originally posted on May 9, 2013 (Global Accessibility Awareness Day).] This list of digital accessibility laws and policies around the globe is intended to serve as a resource only. It is not legal advice and it is not exhaustive. Read more… Digital Accessibility Laws Around the Globe

Narrow Winn-Dixie Court Opinion Limits Certain Types of Web Accessibility Lawsuits in three U.S. States

In 2017 the first federal court web accessibility trial in the United States was held in a Miami Florida courtroom. When the trial was over, the judge ruled that the Winn-Dixie grocery chain violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by maintaining an inaccessible website. Winn-Dixie appealed the ruling. More than three years later, on April… Read more… Narrow Winn-Dixie Court Opinion Limits Certain Types of Web Accessibility Lawsuits in three U.S. States

Another Big Win in the Domino’s Pizza Accessibility Saga

When the United States Supreme Court decided not to take up the Domino’s web accessibility case in October 2019, the case went back to the US federal district court in California. This week (twenty months later) the district court judge issued an important ruling in the case. It was a big win for web accessibility.… Read more… Another Big Win in the Domino’s Pizza Accessibility Saga

Legal Update: U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys Offices, Championing Digital Access

During the previous United States presidential administration some very committed disability rights lawyers hunkered down in the Department of Justice (DOJ). They did what they could to protect the Americans with Disabilities Act during that challenging time. But there were very few proactive developments in the digital accessibility space. Today things are different! Recent developments show that the DOJ is once again a champion of disability rights generally and digital accessibility specifically, Read more… Legal Update: U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Attorneys Offices, Championing Digital Access

Discord Digital Accessibility Press Release

Congratulations Discord! The popular communications tool recently announced its commitment to digital accessibility with the press release posted here. Discord worked in conjunction with the American Council of the Blind in Structured Negotiation on its accessibility initiative. Lainey Feingold and Washington, D.C. civil rights lawyer Matt Handley of Handley Farah & Anderson were the lawyers… Read more… Discord Digital Accessibility Press Release

HR and Payroll Software Leader ADP to Enhance Product Accessibility

On December 16, 2021, the non-profit law office Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) announced an agreement with HR software giant ADP that will improve the accessibility of ADP’s products used by employees of the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind. Originally filed as a lawsuit in September of 2020, the agreement states that On January 27,… Read more… HR and Payroll Software Leader ADP to Enhance Product Accessibility

University of Illinois Chicago Digital Accessibility Structured Negotiation

On November 9, 2021 the Illinois disability rights legal organization Equip for Equality (EFE) and the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) announced an agreement to improve digital accessibility for blind employees and students of the university. The agreement was reached using the collaborative dispute resolution process of Structured Negotiation. No lawsuit was needed or filed.… Read more… University of Illinois Chicago Digital Accessibility Structured Negotiation

Digital Accessibility Legal Update (Summer 2015)

This post is part of an occasional series about recent legal developments impacting technology and information access for people with disabilities. This post covers activity from March 12, 2015 through August 10, 2015. You can find earlier Updates in the Legal Updates Category of this website. The series is illustrated by a toolbox — because law has proven an effective tool to improve the accessibility and usability of digital content, print information and technology for everyone. There are many ways to use the law, reflected by the many tools in the toolbox and by the updates reported in this post. Read more… Digital Accessibility Legal Update (Summer 2015)