With the COVID-19 outbreak forcing most people to either shelter in place or severely limit their outside activities, people everywhere are online more than ever.  As a result, website accessibility lawsuits under the Americans with Disabilities Act are expected to sharply increase. Title III of the ADA requires places of public accommodation with websites (including retail businesses) to ensure that their websites are accessible to…

On May 21, a California state court in Los Angeles held on summary judgment that the Whisper Lounge restaurant violated California’s Unruh Act by having a website that could not be used by a blind person with a screen reader, and ordered the restaurant to make its website comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) Level 2.0 AA.  The court also ordered the restaurant to pay…

One of the things I’ve always been fascinated about is how people come to be involved in digital access work. Sometimes it can be a personal experience relating to disability, while for others there is a ‘light-bulb’ moment where a profound need to work in the field appears unexpectedly. One person that fits the bill for the latter is Jason McKee, Chief Marketing Officer at Accessibility…

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I was watching a movie the other day where a magician let his fiance in on the secret behind his best trick. Once the fiance found out, she said, well that’s actually not impressive at all. Website owners who bought into the purported magic of accessibility overlays are about to be even more disappointed. Here’s the breakdown. Overlays Defined First, what are accessibility overlays? I’ve…

Eve Andersson has a cool tech job: she's in charge of accessibility across all of Google.   Andersson has been working at Google for 13 years and turned accessibility from a grassroots effort to an area of focus for hundreds of employees.  Andersson spoke with Business Insider about her favorite Google accessibility features, why she's an "integrator" instead of trying to achieve work-life balance, and her…

Digital accessibility achieved the impossible today when the software team at Accessibility Shield launched software that allowed goats to surf the web. The breakthrough has broken down the barrier between people and animals while at the same time pushing the web into a new realm of accessibility. “This happened by accident, but it’s going to change everything,” said Jason McKee, chief marketing officer with the…

Without the fanfare that accompanied the release of the original proposed regulations, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra released modified regulations regarding the California Consumer Protection Act late in the afternoon on February 7. An updated version was released on February 10. The modifications were prepared in response to the extensive feedback received during the comment period, which closed on December 6. Although many of the changes were non-substantive…

Is your website a potential liability? Yes, it probably is. Over the last three to four years, there has been an “explosion” of lawsuits and claims by disabled people, asserting that businesses’ websites (and, increasingly, their mobile apps) were not accessible to them because they were not up to code with Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, or ADA, according to Charles Marion,…