ADA lawsuits focus on digital environments When COVID pushed work and school online, website traffic increased significantly. As consumers visited more websites, it became clear that many companies had focused their attention on physical accessibility but neglected to make their websites digitally accessible. That resulted in a dramatic increase in ADA lawsuits in the digital environment. The total number of ADA lawsuits in 2020 fell 1% from 11,053 in 2019 to 10,982 in 2020. But among those cases, the number… Continue Reading ADA Lawsuits in 2020: Website Accessibility Lawsuits Rise Significantly
If you have a website, California’s Unruh Act AND ADA Title III affect you. You could face lawsuits under both the Unruh Act and the ADA Title III if a California resident can’t access information on your website. California is second only to New York for ADA Title III lawsuits, comprising more than 25% of the 3550 cases in 2020. One contributing factor is the Unruh Act, which is a California state accessibility law prohibiting discrimination against state residents, imposes… Continue Reading How do ADA Title III and California’s Unruh Act affect your website?
ADA Title III digital accessibility lawsuits skyrocketed to 3550 cases in 2020, an increase of more than 20% over 2019. Nearly half of those lawsuits were filed in New York. While people weren’t visiting physical places of public accommodation due to COVID, consumers visited their websites. New York considers websites of places of public accommodation to also be protected by ADA Title III. New York leads the country in ADA Title III lawsuits for a number of reasons. 70% of… Continue Reading ADA Title III Lawsuits Soar in New York: Here’s How to Avoid Them
Ten years ago, Donna Jodhan filed a digital accessibility lawsuit against the federal government of Canada. She had been unable to independently apply for a job on its website using her assistive technology. Since her landmark victory in that case, Canada has been working towards increased accessibility in both physical and digital environments. Ontario has been particularly progressive in this regard, legislating the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). The AODA is a mandate to create and enforce accessibility… Continue Reading Updated AODA Deadlines: What’s Changed and What Hasn’t
Online Accessibility Act On October 2, 2020, Congressmen Lou Correa (D-CA) and Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced a bill called the Online Accessibility Act. This legislation provides direction on website accessibility. It proposes the development of regulations, along with a new procedure for handling complaints about non-compliance. It aims to reduce the number of accessibility lawsuits that have been rising annually. While fewer lawsuits and clear regulations sound appealing, this legislation is not all good news for people with disabilities. How… Continue Reading Online Accessibility Act – Yea or Nay?
The tech industry has the ability to make the world a significantly more accessible place for everyone. Groceries, prescriptions, clothes, and other household items can be delivered to your door in just a few clicks. TV shows can be captioned. Books can be read aloud. Smart speakers can tell you whatever you want to know by simply asking a question. Impressive accessibility advances can sometimes overshadow less exciting accessibility features like an accessible website and PDF files. PDFs, for example,… Continue Reading ADA Compliance for the Tech Industry
Thirty years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) made discrimination against people with disabilities illegal, and led to the addition of state accessibility laws. The ADA covers state and local government entities, all employers, and places of public accommodations, and individual state accessibility laws may have additional regulations. Since then, businesses have updated both their physical and digital landscapes to accommodate a variety of different needs to comply with national and state accessibility laws. Curb cuts with raised bumps… Continue Reading State Accessibility Laws Don’t Stop At Curb Cuts
Digital accessibility compliance is appearing in the news more and more. 2020’s new normal of working from home has brought this even further into the attention of the public. It has never been more pressing for your organization to provide digital information to everyone, both internally and externally. Here are four reasons why you need to make digital accessibility compliance a priority. 1. It’s the Law Whether your organization is a private enterprise, a school, a government entity, or a… Continue Reading 4 Reasons for Digital Accessibility Compliance
The ADA prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability. Discrimination includes failure to make websites accessible to all people. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act specifically requires electronic information and technology (EIT) to be accessible to people with disabilities for federal agencies and organizations receiving federal funding. Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) is a standard by which the compliance for digital accessibility requirements can be measured. Why do we need standards? Both the ADA and Section 508 require digital accessibility,… Continue Reading WCAG Compliance and PDF Accessibility
What is the ADA? In 1990, President George Bush signed into law a revolutionary anti-discrimination law called the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This act is “a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.” Discrimination as defined by the ADA includes any place that is open to or provides services for the general public,… Continue Reading ADA Compliance and PDF Accessibility