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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.

Blind Customers Locked Out by Bank Web Upgrades

May 10, 2018

HSBC, Metro Bank and Halifax have all admitted to failings after redesigning websites that made it hard for their blind or visually impaired customers to access full services online.

Website Accessibility Lawsuits are on the Rise

September 1, 2017

The Trump administrations first proposed agenda has put website accessibility on the back burner. This means that there will be no new government regulations regarding state and local government websites for the foreseeable future.

US Access Board Releases Final Rules for Accessibility of Information Technology under Section 508

January 12, 2017

On January 9, 2017, the Board released a final rule that jointly updates requirements for information and communication technology covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communication Act.

Aurora Announces Re-branding of Web Presence

December 22, 2014

Aurora Design and Consulting has launched a new website. The new site features a responsive layout for enhanced performance on mobile devices.

Heartbleed Bug Exposes Weakness in OpenSSL

April 13, 2014

The Heartbleed bug, as it has become known, is a weakness in the encryption protocol in OpenSSL—which can expose vast amounts of data including: account usernames and passwords, system information, and more.

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