Issue 17 July 29 2021

Access Ready Reporter

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Just because you have a disability does not mean you can’t be a superhero. Throughout history our superheroes have had great abilities and disabilities. Superman can leap tall buildings with a single bound, go faster than a speeding bullet, fly quick enough to turn back time, but a tiny chunk of rock leaves him weak and barely able to walk let alone fly. This demonstrates that we are all vulnerable and have a disability of some sort.

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LARGEST U.S. BLIND ADVOCACY GROUP BANS WEB ACCESSIBILITY OVERLAY GIANT ACCESSIBE

The National Federation of the Blind, America’s most powerful civil rights and advocacy group for the visually impaired has launched a scathing attack on web accessibility overlay market leader accessiBe, accusing the company of engaging in “harmful” practices. Israel-based accessiBe provides a web overlay solution that sits on top of web pages for the purposes of automatically scanning and reformatting them to ensure they are accessible and able to work with assistive solutions such as screen readers and keyboard navigation…

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Government Spotlight

  EXECUTIVE ORDER ON DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND ACCESSIBILITY IN THE FEDERAL WORKFORCE

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including sections 1104, 3301, and 3302 of title 5, United States Code, and in order to strengthen the Federal workforce by promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  On my first day in office, I signed Executive Order 13985 (Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government), which established that affirmatively advancing equity, civil rights, racial justice, and equal opportunity is the responsibility of the whole of our Government…

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Accessible Elections

 JUDGE RULES FOR BLIND VOTERS IN NC ACCESSIBILITY CASE 

A federal judge has ruled that the North Carolina State Board of Elections must give blind voters the opportunity to use an online voting system so they can vote absentee without assistance. Before U.S. District Court Judge Terrence Boyle’s ruling on June 15, the state’s absentee by mail program required blind voters to fill out paper ballots and return them by mail. That meant that people who are visually impaired and wanted to vote absentee weren’t able to vote in private. They needed someone to read the ballot and mark their choices

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 JUSTICE DEPARTMENT REACHES AGREEMENT WITH NEWTON COUNTY, ARKANSAS AND ITS BOARD OF ELECTION COMMISSIONERS TO ENSURE POLLING PLACE ACCESSIBILITY FOR VOTERS WITH DISABILITIES

The Justice Department today reached a settlement under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with San Luis Obispo County, California, to ensure that inmates with mobility disabilities have an equal opportunity to participate in San Luis Obispo Jail’s (SLO Jail) programs, services and activities. Based on its investigation, the United States determined that SLO Jail facilities were inaccessible to inmates with mobility disabilities and denied them equal access to the Jail’s programs, services and activities

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BEAUTY BLIND SPOT: PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES

While the beauty industry has become more inclusive in some areas, it remains a realm exclusively designed for the able-bodied, critics say. Industry giants L’Oréal, Estée Lauder and Unilever are hoping to change that with universal design, accessible websites and the voices of the disabled community. About 15 percent of the world’s population lives with some form of disability, according to the World Health Organization, yet fashion and beauty can be hard to enjoy because of attitudinal barriers, says Samantha Renke, a presenter, disability activist and ambassador for disability charity scope…

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Current Legal Actions

COURT FINDS DOMINO’S PIZZA VIOLATED THE ADA BY HAVING AN INACCESSIBLE WEBSITE AND ORDERS WCAG COMPLIANCE

Five years after the lawsuit was first filed, federal district court judge Jesus Bernal ruled on June 23 that Domino’s had violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) by having a website that was not fully accessible to the plaintiff, who is blind.  This litigation saga has involved an appeal to the Ninth Circuit by plaintiff which reversed the district court’s dismissal of the case, a petition for certiorari filed by Domino’s which was denied, and numerous skirmishes in district court on remand which eventually culminated in the court’s June 23 order granting plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment on the ADA claim as it relates to Domino’s website…

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DOMINO’S ACCESSIBILITY LAWSUIT UPDATE

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ANOTHER BIG WIN IN THE DOMINO’S PIZZA ACCESSIBILITY SAGA

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DOMINO’S WEBSITE VIOLATED AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT, JUDGE FINDS

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CALIFORNIA FEDERAL COURT HOLDS DOMINO’S WEBSITE VIOLATES THE ADA, LIMITS PENALTIES UNDER UNRUH ACT TO $4,000

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Business Accessibility

  CAN YOU HEAR ME NOW? HOW COMPANIES CAN ENSURE THAT EMPLOYEES WITH HEARING LOSS ARE SUPPORTED

Unfortunately, hearing loss is a growing problem around the world. According to the World Health Organization, by 2050, approximately 2.5 billion globally are “projected to have some degree of hearing loss.” As hearing loss cases increase, forward-looking companies are taking steps to ensure their products are accessible to those with this or other medical issues. TikTok, for example, added automated captions to videos on its platforms in April 2021. Instagram followed similarly by offering a captions sticker for its “Stories” feature…

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Healthcare Accessibility

FIRMER ACCESSIBILITY STANDARDS SOUGHT FOR HEALTH CARE

Doctors offices are supposed to be accessible to people with disabilities, but rules outlining what that means are going unenforced. Now, an independent federal agency is calling for change. The National Council on Disability wants the U.S. Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services to issue new regulations outlining exact parameters for what constitutes accessible medical and diagnostic equipment. The standards already exist. They were published in 2017 by the Access Board, a federal agency devoted to accessibility for people with disabilities, in consultation with the Food and Drug Administration

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Accessible Technology

WHO OWNS THE INTERNET?

Over the last two and a half decades, the internet has evolved and expanded into something barely recognizable from its humble beginnings. Trying to understand what the internet is and how it works can be incredibly confusing. But who actually owns the internet? For various reasons, this question is quite hard to answer. In this article, we will delve into possible answers for who owns the internet. The Internet is a huge network of computers. Every computer connected through the internet can send information to other computers on the network…

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