Public Access & Accommodation

DOJ reaches settlement at Sacramento library regarding e-readers

Monday, September 3, 2012The U.S. Department of Justice announced August 29 a settlement with the Sacramento Public Library Authority to provide accessible e-readers. In response to a complaint filed by the National Federation of the Blind, the DOJ challenged the library’s use…

Access and copyright at odds as effort on treaty fails

Monday, September 3, 2012Talks in late July in Geneva on an international treaty that would make it easier for publishers to create accessible books for the blind failed again to come to fruition.
Copyright & Accessibility
The treaty, which was discussed as part…

California legislature passes bill restricting ADA lawsuits

Sunday, September 2, 2012Both houses of the California legislature passed a bill September 1 imposing new restrictions on lawsuits against businesses who have failed to comply with federal and state disability accessibility regulations. The bill would reduce the amount of damages that business…

Appeals court upholds controversial Disney settlement regarding Segways

Sunday, September 2, 2012The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit upheld a legal settlement reached between Disney and a group of plaintiffs who had challenged the company’s ban on Segways at its theme parks, overruling objections from the U.S. Department of…

Amara, easy tool for making videos accessible

Wednesday, August 8, 2012Just recently I came across a great project from the creators of my favorite video player, Miro, That is designed to make video content more accessible,  it is called Amara.  It is a simple free way to add…

Boycott targets hotels without chairlifts

Monday, August 6, 2012In response to the recent delay of the first Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards for hotel pools, disability activists launched July 18 a targeted boycott of hotels that have not complied with the new regulations.
Hotel boycott organized
In…

Disability activists protest pool regulations delay

Monday, June 25, 2012
Inaccessible Pools
Hundreds of disability activists protested in front of the American Hotel & Lodging Association’s Washington, DC headquarters on June 14, in response to the Department of Justice’s recent announcement that it was delaying new accessibility regulations for pools…

Court: Netflix’s closed captioning practices may violate the ADA

Sunday, June 24, 2012A federal court has refused Netflix’s motion to dismiss a complaint from disability advocacy groups charging that the video streaming website is falling short of its obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to provide accessible services to people who…

Lawsuit: Illinois high school sports fail to accommodate students with disabilities

Wednesday, May 23, 2012A.G., a high school sophomore with arthrogryposis, excels at swimming. Since taking up the sport less than two years ago, she has become a star and is in contention for a spot on the U.S. Paraolympic team that will compete…

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