New York is the number one state in the country for digital accessibility litigation, surpassing every other state by a landslide. A total of 1564 lawsuits were filed in New York in 2018 alone, more than four per day. New York is part of the second district circuit court system, which has ruled, through these cases, that all websites are considered places of public accommodation, and some of the most significant, precedence-setting lawsuits have been filed and adjudicated in this… Continue Reading Accessibility in the Empire State
Websites and Online Documents Provide Key Information for Living How many times a day do you consult an online source for information? We all shop, obtain news, conduct our banking, and communicate via email and instant messages. We use social media, research doctors, restaurants, and service providers online. We look up facts, book travel, and enjoy entertainment online. We search and apply for jobs, even obtain education online, or using digital information. Nearly 90% of US citizens use the internet… Continue Reading Braille and Accessibility: the Path to Opportunity
In June 2019, after a year of deliberation and amendments in the Canadian government, Canadians are celebrating the passing and royal assent of the Accessible Canada Act (ACA). This Act complements and adds detail and clarity to the Human Rights Act, passed in 1977, which prohibits discrimination by federally regulated agencies against a number of different groups including citizens with disabilities. The existing Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination on the basis of based on race, national or ethnic origin, colour,… Continue Reading Accessible Canada Act
As a healthcare professional, your organization prides itself on providing the best possible care and health resources to all of your patients. But what if the helpful or necessary resources you provide to your patients aren’t available to 20% or more of them? Are Your Resources Reaching Everyone? You offer helpful tools and resources to your patients to make sure they can access helpful health information or make appointments from the comfort of their own home, but if these resources… Continue Reading Healthcare Accessibility – Going Beyond Ramps and Elevators
With the July 1, 2019 deadline for CA 434 fast approaching, California agencies are turning to Equidox to make them compliant. Equidox PDF remediation software, along with accessibility training and consulting, is helping them to hit the deadline successfully and reach everyone with their compliant web content. CA AB 434 – CA State Web Accessibility Law California AB 434, the California state web accessibility law, requires all California agencies and entities to post a signed certification from their Director… Continue Reading California Agencies become Compliant with Equidox
Are You a Target? The Avanti Hotel is a 10-room boutique hotel in Palm Springs, California featuring a serene, pet-friendly setting and views of the San Jacinto mountains. In 2018, Avanti was hit with a lawsuit claiming their website was inaccessible. The lawsuit was filed by Manning Law in Newport Beach, who had filed 354 previous ADA cases, primarily in California, in the last 12 months. Like the others, Avanti has a few options: they can fight the charges and… Continue Reading Stop Wasting Money on Accessibility Lawsuits – Spend It on Accessibility Instead
Your Website Might Be Compliant, but Is It Actually Usable? Companies spend a great deal of time and money making sure their website and marketing dollars stretch to reach as many members of their target audience as possible. This usually takes the shape of engaging content, eye-catching graphics, well-organized tabs, and easy-to-locate information. While an attractive website that is both informative and entertaining will certainly to appeal to some clients, if it isn’t formatted to comply with Web Content Accessibility… Continue Reading Your Website Might Be Compliant, but Is It Actually Usable?
What Should Your Organization Be Doing to Avoid Digital Accessibility Litigation? No organization wants to be sued. And in the case of accessibility lawsuits, it’s a safe bet that nobody really wants to sue your organization – what they want is access to your organization’s goods, services or information. According to Laura Carlson’s review of accessibility cases between 2015 and 2017, the majority of accessibility lawsuit settlements are less about financial compensation than about specific requirements to ensure that the… Continue Reading What Should Your Organization Be Doing to Avoid Digital Accessibility Litigation?
In the 1990s digital commerce was just getting off the ground. As we approach 2020, more and more people are using the internet, smartphones are ubiquitous and now nearly everyone uses the internet in some aspect of their lives, including work, education and recreation. We have telecommuting, ecommerce sites, online education, and nearly every organization has an online presence by which they interact with their target market. Along with this digital trend have come great strides in accessible technology for… Continue Reading What’s Happening with Digital Accessibility Lawsuits and What You Should Be Doing About It
Onix, creator of the revolutionary, proprietary Equidox PDF conversion software for document accessibility, has further strengthened its position in digital accessibility by bringing onboard accessibility expert Ryan Pugh, formerly of the National Federation of the Blind (NFB). Pugh, a professional member of the International Association of Accessibility Professionals, joins the leading cloud solutions provider to serve as Director of Accessibility. The Deque University certified-accessibility specialist and document remediation expert will assist Onix with growing its role as an industry-leading, full-spectrum… Continue Reading Onix Expands Digital Accessibility Solutions