Analyzing Recent Americans With Disabilities Act-Based Accessible Information Technology Court ChallengesBy Kretchmer, Susan B.; Carveth, Rod; Information Technology and Disabilities, Vol. 9, No. 2
Publication Date: December 2003
Paper discusses issues implicated in recent court challenges to inaccessible websites, and the resulting legal consequences. Websites, much like houses and buildings, can be designed to meet the needs of all people, including people with disabilities. Several legal cases have attempted to apply the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) to the Internet, as lawsuits have been filed against companies such as America Online, Barnes and Noble, and Claire’s Stores for alleged violations of ADA guidelines. These cases were either settled out of court or dropped when the companies agreed to make their software compatible with assistive technology for people who are blind or have low vision. The authors contend that the United States is a world leader on disability access issues, and can help to guide the rest of the world to an inclusive society in the age of the Internet.
Published by: EASI - Equal Access to Software & Information (Website:http://www.rit.edu/~easi/)
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