Accessibility in the News — 4/28/2023. Airline accessibility ensures that all passengers, including those with disabilities and mobility limitations, can travel safely and comfortably. Accessible features such as wheelchair ramps, accessible lavatories, and seating accommodations for passengers with disabilities or special needs allow these individuals to board and disembark the plane without difficulty. Moreover, it helps to promote equal access to air travel, which has become a fundamental right for[…]READ MORE about Improving Airline Accessibility for All Passengers
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Microassist's Accessibility in the News is a widely read, free weekly newsletter curated by Jack McElaney. Newsletter sections include a compilation of accessibility articles and blogs, a list of accessibility conferences and training, accessibility job announcements, and a listing of accessibility resource pages.
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Accessibility in the News — 4/21/2023. Accessibility in the arts is crucial for creating a more inclusive and diverse society. By making the arts accessible to everyone, regardless of their abilities, we allow people to fully participate in and enjoy the cultural experiences that are so integral to our society. Accessibility means providing options for people with different types of disabilities, such as hearing or visual impairments, mobility issues, or[…]READ MORE about The Importance of Prioritizing Accessibility in the Arts
Accessibility in the News — 4/14/2023. The US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois has found the city of Chicago liable for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and Rehabilitation Act by failing to provide accessible pedestrian signals at its signalized intersections. Accessible pedestrian signals (APS) provide safe-crossing information in a non-visual format, such as through audible tones, speech messages and vibrating surfaces. The city was sued by[…]READ MORE about Chicago Found Violating Americans with Disabilities Act by Failing to Provide Accessible Pedestrian Signals
Accessibility in the News — 4/7/2023. Kansas legislators have approved a bill aimed at deterring out-of-state attorneys from suing businesses alleging non-compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) on their websites. The bill allows the attorney general to file countersuits if deemed abusive by the courts, and grants businesses 90 days to correct website issues. The original version was seen as heavy-handed. The new version was approved by the[…]READ MORE about Kansas Lawmakers Approve Bill To Deter Out Of State Attorneys From Filing ADA Lawsuits Against Kansas Websites
Accessibility in the News — 3/31/2023. The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case concerning the right of an ADA “tester” to sue hotels over a rule outlined in the American’s With Disabilities Act. The case was brought by Acheson Hotels, which owns a hotel in Maine and was sued by Deborah Laufer, who has filed hundreds of similar lawsuits against hotels across the US. Laufer claims that[…]READ MORE about Supreme Court To Hear Case On Whether ADA Testers Have Right To Sue Hotels They Don’t Intend To Visit
Accessibility in the News — 3/24/2023. The Supreme Court ruled in favor of a deaf student, Miguel Perez, who sued his school for inadequate education, potentially giving parents of students with disabilities more bargaining power. The ruling could simplify laws governing special education students and provide parents with more negotiating power, but schools fear it could lead to a legal battle over money and more litigation. NOTE: To get news[…]READ MORE about Supreme Court Decision in Favor of Deaf Student Could Give Parents of Disabled Children More Leverage in Education Negotiations
Accessibility in the News — 3/17/2023. NOTE: To get news like this every week in your inbox, before it hits our website, subscribe to our Accessibility in the News e-newsletter. There are no ads or graphics, and we never send spam. Just use the sign-up form on this page to subscribe and stay up to date! Feature Story Skip to National News (U.S.) | Skip to International News More Accessibility[…]READ MORE about ADA Lawsuit Numbers Continue To Increase With New York Leading The Charge
Accessibility in the News — 3/10/2023. Lawmakers in Congress are pushing to end the practice of subminimum wages for disabled people, which affects about 122,000 individuals in the U.S. Some employers can currently pay disabled people far below state minimums, with many earning less than $3.50 an hour. The bipartisan Transformation to Competitive Integrated Employment Act, reintroduced on Feb. 27, aims to end this practice. Under Section 14(c) of the[…]READ MORE about New Bill In Congress Could Put An End To Subminimum Wage For People With Disabilities
Accessibility in the News — 3/3/2023. A new report released by the Department of Justice (DOJ) revealed that the federal government is not complying with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act, which requires federal agencies to ensure that their websites are accessible to individuals with disabilities. The report shows that one in 10 public-facing websites at major federal departments and agencies are not fully accessible, and three in five internal[…]READ MORE about Federal Report Shows Lack Of Accessibility On Many Federal Websites
Accessibility in the News — 2/24/2023. U.S. Senators Tammy Duckworth and Deb Fischer have introduced bipartisan legislation called the Prioritizing Accountability and Accessibility for Aviation Consumers Act of 2023 to improve transparency surrounding disability-related complaints with air travel. The bill would require the U.S. Department of Transportation to publish an annual report that discloses all disability-related complaints made throughout the year, including specifics about how the complaints were resolved. The[…]READ MORE about Prioritizing Accountability and Accessibility for Aviation Consumers Act Introduced In Senate