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Navigating the Murky Waters of ADA Compliance in the Internet Age
Jun 13, 2019
Not only will ADA compliance reduce the risk of litigation, but it’s
also the right thing to do and has the added benefit of expanding a
business’s consumer base.
In recent years, many companies have been swept up in a wave of lawsuits claiming that certain private commercial websites are inaccessible to users with disabilities and thus violate Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). For example, blind individuals, who use screen-reader software to access the Internet, have alleged that they are unable to visit certain websites that have not been properly coded to convert visual information to audio translations. Complicating matters is the lack of clear guidance from the government and courts concerning whether websites are considered places of public accommodation under the ADA and, if so, what steps businesses must take to ensure website compliance with the ADA. This has left well-intentioned companies scratching their heads while exposed to the threat of costly litigation.
By Matt Stark | May 21, 2019 | ALM Media Properties
Mélange is an organization that organize workshops, conferences and tradeshows in the Caribbean in the area of accessibility. EqualWeb is proud to co-operate and present at Mélange accessibility for all Magazine. Mélange is an organization that set up workshops, conferences and tradeshows in the Caribbean in the area of accessibility. Our shared goal is to raise awareness to the importance of inclusion people with disabilities in the Physical space and especially now also in the Digital space by using Equalweb’s Unique technology to turn any website fully usable to people with disabilities with a simple line of code.
About 45 million people have some limitation on internet access —and the problem is not in the lack of broadband. They are people with some disability, especially visual or auditory, who need some help to surf the internet. But although Brazilian legislation requires websites to be inclusive, 99% of sites in Brazil have some barrier that makes navigation difficult, according to a study by the Web for All movement.