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First Lawsuits over Disabled Access to Websites make their way to Minnesota

October 10, 2018

Echoing a recent trend in other states, for the first time a lawsuit has been filed in Minnesota alleging that websites — in this case, belonging to a county and couple of cities — violate disability law.

National Survey Reveals Increased Awareness About the Capabilities of People Who Are Blind in the Workforce

September 20, 2018

According to the results of the 2018 survey, conducted by ResearchNowSSI, recruiting, training, and retaining employees with disabilities has grown in importance by 12 percentage points compared to the 2012 survey. Additionally, more hiring managers agree there are a greater number of jobs that employees who are blind can successfully perform.

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.

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