Public Access & Accommodation

New York AG reaches ADA settlement with bus company

Friday, November 9, 2012The New York State Attorney General’s Office announced a legal settlement October 23 with Yankee Trails, a bus company that runs routes through the Northeast, to eliminate accessibility barriers for people with disabilities.
Settlement Requires Accessibility
Yankee Trails allegedly required…

Texas city settles in long-running sidewalk accessibility lawsuit

Monday, October 29, 2012The city council of Arlington, Texas approved a settlement October 16 with a class of people with disabilities whom sued the city over its failure to provide accessible sidewalks, in a case that was appealed all the way to the…

What are we talking about?

Monday, October 22, 2012This week, I combed through social media sites in order to find you inspiring, informative and otherwise interesting things for your viewing pleasure.
DisAbility and Social Networking
1. Schools that have been using a different kind of behavior approach have…

Report finds widespread accessibility violations at the Capitol

Friday, October 19, 2012
U.S. Capitol Building
A new report from the Congressional Office of Compliance concludes that the vast majority of the curbs and sidewalks surrounding the U.S. Capitol and its adjacent legislative buildings fall short of Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility standards.…

Major lawsuit against L.A. jails moves forward

Friday, October 19, 2012A lawsuit filed on behalf of all prisoners with disabilities against the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department  has received class action certification from the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California.
Jail Access
The lawsuit, filed in May…

Netflix agrees to two-year timeline to become fully accessible

Friday, October 19, 2012The National Association of the Deaf and Netflix announced a legal settlement October 9 requiring the online video giant to provide closed captioning to all of its content by 2014.
Netflix enters agreement
“We’re so pleased that Netflix worked jointly…

New FCC closed-captioning guidelines go into effect

Monday, October 15, 2012The first national online closed-captioning regulations became effective September 30.
Why Not Captions?
The regulations, from the Federal Communication Communication, require all full-length movies and television to contain closed captioning when viewed online, according to an FCC guidance document.…

Coalition formed to expand accessibility at the pump

Sunday, September 30, 2012The United Spinal Association and the Paralyzed Veterans of America have teamed up to demand that the nation’s 159,000 gas stations begin meeting their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to manually assist drivers requiring assistance filling their gas…

Accessible web design: color contrast

Sunday, September 30, 2012In website design one of the most overlooked aspects is color contrast. Automatic accessibility checkers often fail to spot color based accessibility issues.   The Lighthouse International has one of the best guides out for quickly learning how to spot potential

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