Public Access & Accommodation

DOJ delays new pool regulations

Wednesday, May 23, 2012In response to criticism from business groups and hotel owners, the Department of Justice announced May 18 that it will delay new accessibility standards for public pools.
DOJ delays
The new standards, which require hotels to install lifts to…

Settlement proposed in Disney class action

Monday, May 21, 2012Disney will equip its theme parks with Braille maps, service animal relief areas and  expanded parade viewing areas for people with disabilities, among other accommodations, under a legal settlement proposed April 23.
Three individuals with visual disabilities filed…

Report: Lack of transportation confines more than 500,000 people

Monday, May 14, 2012Two disability advocacy groups released a new report May 8, calling on federal, state and local governments to dramatically expand transportation opportunities for people with disabilities.
Report Criticizes Amtrak
“Access to transportation is a prerequisite to full civil rights for…

California looking to clamp down on ADA lawsuits

Monday, May 14, 2012A new bill moving through the California legislature would make it significantly more difficult for lawyers to sue California business owners for failing to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Advocates ask: Why just the ADA?
By a 4-1…

NYC taxi case argued at the 2nd Circuit

Tuesday, April 24, 2012The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit heard arguments this week on a controversial ruling in December, where a federal district court ruled that New York City’s taxicab fleet violates Americans with Disabilities Act public accessibility requirements.…

Accessibility still a problem when it comes to social media

Sunday, April 15, 2012
Social Networking
Media Access Australia has released its second review on the accessibility of social media.  The findings suggest that “people with disabilities still face significant challenges in gaining access to social media tools, despite recent innovations to improve access”.…

AMC to provide closed captioning at all its movie theaters in Illinois

Sunday, April 8, 2012Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan announced a settlement April 4 with the nation’s second-largest movie theater chain to provide technology at all 246 of its theaters statewide so they are accessible to people with hearing and vision disabilities.
Illinois theaters …

New ADA Accessible Design standards go into effect

Saturday, March 17, 2012A variety of public facilities, many of which were previously not covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, must now be accessible to people with disabilities under new regulations that went into effect Thursday.
Swimming Pool Accessibility
The standards,…

Lawsuit challenges CNN, closed captioning policies

Thursday, March 1, 2012The Superior Court for the State of California, County of Alameda has refused to dismiss a lawsuit that accuses CNN of violating California law by failing to provide closed captioning for short video clips, of two to three minutes in…

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