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Xbox Adaptive Controller Available Today

September 5, 2018

The Xbox Adaptive Controller, Microsoft’s flexible answer to adapting input for gamers with limited mobility, is officially available today.


Court Rules Against Dunkin Donuts in Website Accessibility Case

August 15, 2018

A federal appeals court overturned a lower court and ruled a blind plaintiff can pursue an Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuit against Dunkin Donuts L.L.C. for allegedly having an inaccessible website.


Freedom Scientific Announces FREE JAWS, ZoomText and MAGic Licenses in Hungary

August 9, 2018

Working with the IT Foundation for the Visually Impaired, Freedom Scientific has announced country-wide licenses for Hungary, which could benefit as many as 300,000 people living in the country.


Aurora Celebrates the 28th Anniversary of the ADA

July 27, 2018

This year marks the 28th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities (ADA). The law was signed into effect on July 26, 1990, and marked the first comprehensive civil rights bill addressing the needs of people with disabilities. The bill prohibits discrimination in employment, public accommodations, public services, and telecommunications.


National Association of the Deaf assures text-to-911 with lawsuit

July 18, 2018

The state of Arizona settled a 2016 lawsuit with the National Association of the Deaf and agreed to fund text-to-911 systems.


Court Permits Website Accessibility Lawsuit Against Hooters To Proceed

June 26, 2018

A federal appeals court just breathed new life into a disability access lawsuit filed against restaurant chain Hooters, permitting a blind plaintiff who claims he could not access the company’s business website to proceed with his ADA claim—despite the fact that the company was in the midst of fixing its website at the time the lawsuit was filed.


Lawmakers Seek Clarity from Sessions on ADA, Website Accessibility

June 22, 2018

A group of 103 lawmakers yesterday wrote to Attorney General Jeff Sessions seeking further clarity on how the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to websites. The letter came in response to numerous demand letters that banks and other businesses have received from plaintiffs’ firms asserting that websites are not accessible to speech and hearing impaired customers, as required by ADA.


WCAG 2.1 Released as Official W3C Recommendation

June 7, 2018

The World Wide Web consortium (W3C) has released an updated version of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1). The new guidelines provide additional checkpoints for Web developers to improve accessibility of websites, apps, and other information technology.


Education Department Sued Over New Approach to Civil Rights Complaints

June 2, 2018

The U.S. Department of Education can’t just ignore and fail to investigate civil-rights complaints from those who repeatedly file such complaints, says a lawsuit filed against the department from three advocacy organizations.


Apple Brings its Coding Curriculum to more Blind and Visually Impaired People

May 22, 2018

The textureless glass screen of an iPhone or iPad can seem formidable to someone who is blind or visually impaired, and learning to code on those devices could be even more daunting.


 
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