Public Access & Accommodation

Spirit Airlines fined for disability procedures

Thursday, February 9, 2012The Department of Transportation slapped Spirit Airlines with a charge of $100,000 for violating Air Carrier Access Act regulations through its handling process for disability complaints. Spirit Airlines is the third major airline to be fined for its handling of…

Lawsuits forcing California to make its infrastructure ADA compliant

Friday, February 3, 2012A recent articlein the Los Angeles Times highlights the effects of a series of major Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits that are forcing the city to make its sprawling arrangement of sidewalks, crosswalks and park-and-ride facilities accessible to people…

Class action lawsuit filed against Redbox

Sunday, January 22, 2012Disability Rights Advocates and the Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired filed a lawsuit January 12 against the video rental giant Redbox, arguing that its services are inaccessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. Redbox’s DVD rentals…

New closed captioning regulations released

Sunday, January 22, 2012The U.S. Federal Communications Commission unveiled new regulations January 12 requiring all new content shown on TV and the internet to included technology making it accessible to people who are deaf or hard of hearing. “We are thrilled with this…

AMC to install personal captioning systems in theaters nationwide

Wednesday, December 28, 2011Disability Rights Advocates and the Association of Late-Deafened Adults reached a deal with AMC Theaters on December 20 requiring the theater company to greatly increase accessibility for people who are deaf or hard of hearing at its facilities. AMC will…

Court: New York’s taxi cab service violates the ADA

Sunday, December 25, 2011In a first-of-its-kind ruling, a federal court ruled December 23 that New York City must vastly expand taxicab access for people with mobility disabilities. “The (Taxi and Limousine Commission) subjects disabled persons who must use wheelchairs and scooters to…

FCC to address access to internet for low-income families

Friday, December 2, 2011The FCC and several internet service providers are looking to provide low-income families internet access. According to an E-Commerce Times article by Erika Morphy, the plan would allow families to pay only $10 a month for internet service and would…

Report details vast discrimination in health care facilities

Tuesday, November 29, 2011The Equal Rights Center recently released an extensive report highlighting a range of Americans with Disabilities Act accessibility violations in health care facilities. According to the report, just 25 percent of the nation’s medical service providers are accessible to people…

Does copyright trump captioning law?

Tuesday, November 8, 2011Public Knowledge, a digital rights advocacy group, defends the importance of disability law in a recent column on its policy blog amid the creation of new technology accessibility regulations following the passage of the 21st Century Communications and Video…

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