Celebrating the 28th Anniversary of the ADA

by: David Titmus

Today marks the 28th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), a civil rights law that prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places open to the … Read More

Now Showing: Rule in Place Requiring Movie Theaters to be More Accessible

by: David Titmus

A rule designed to make movie theaters more accessible to those with hearing or vision difficulties is now in effect at theaters across the country. Under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Movie Captioning and Audio Description Rule requires movie theaters that show digital movies make … Read More

Website Accessibility and the WCAG 2.1 Update

by: David Titmus

After nearly 10 years, the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) has released an update to its Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, an internationally established set of standards for accessible content on the Internet. These guidelines are mainly for people with various disabilities, but also for different devices used for … Read More

The ‘ADA Education and Reform Act’ and its Impact on Americans with Disabilities

by: David Titmus

A number of disability rights and advocacy groups, including the Hearing Loss Association of America, the American Civil Liberties Union, and the Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund, are voicing their concern over a bill they say would weaken the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The ADA Education and Reform … Read More

DOJ Withdraws ADA Rulemaking Process

by: David Titmus

The Department of Justice late last month announced that it has withdrawn its pending rulemaking and technical guidance for accessible websites under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) – a decision that is likely to cause continued uncertainty for businesses, retailers, and owners and operators of public … Read More

Lack of Audio Descriptions has Hulu Answering to a Class Action Lawsuit

by: David Titmus

A class action lawsuit filed in Massachusetts district court argues that video streaming giant Hulu LLC excludes the blind and visually impaired. The complaint, filed late last month by the American Council of the Blind and Bay State Council of the Blind, accuses Hulu of violating the Americans with Disabilities … Read More

The Benefits of Captioning Digital Video

by: David Titmus

The Internet is the new frontier for closed captioning. Audiences of all ages continue to turn to the Internet and their mobile devices as more high-quality video content becomes available. This change in viewing habits is especially true among millennials, and digital video producers and advertisers have taken notice by … Read More

Business Associations Seeking Clarity on Website Accessibility Ruling

by: David Titmus

A dozen business associations recently filed a brief before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals asking the court to reconsider a lower court ruling that a business’s website did not meet accessibility standards under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Though the group says that it supports the goals of … Read More

Section 508 Compliance “Refresh” to Take Effect in January

by: David Titmus

A long-awaited update to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act will bring accessibility requirements up to speed with modern technology, revise the standards that communication and information technology must meet when purchased or developed by the federal government, and bring federal requirements more closely in line with Web Content Accessibility … Read More

Website Accessibility in the Hot Seat

by: David Titmus

Website accessibility has become a hot topic in the judicial system as more courts are ruling that websites are places of public accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Store websites are common for retailers these days, and businesses need to ensure their online presence is just as accessible as … Read More