[oregon-l] Interesting Comments from the Department of Justice on Ada and Technology
kseth.acbo at gmail.com
Tue Apr 20 17:59:43 GMT 2010
The following is fromEric Bridges Acb's director of Governmental Affairs:
Below is a very interesting and exciting excerpt from a presentation that
Assistant Attorney General Tom Perez made last week at a law symposium at
NFB's head quarters.
Technology has revolutionized our economy and culture. It has made
communicating, obtaining information, entertainment, education and goods
easier and more efficient. But many of these technologies, from Web sites to
cell phones, from ticket kiosks to TV set-top devices, are either in whole
or in part inaccessible to persons who are blind and other people with
And though we have seen some voluntary efforts by companies once the matter
is brought to their attention, far too many companies choose to forgo what I
believe must be a profitable investment in making their products and
services accessible to all consumers. We have a population that is aging,
and making products accessible will only increase their customer base.
The technology to make electronics accessible exists, and is relatively
affordable to implement.
Let me be clear. It is and has been the position of the Department of
Justice since the late 1990s that Title III of the ADA applies to Web sites.
We intend to issue regulations under our
Title III authority in this regard to help companies comply with their
obligations to provide equal access.
Companies that do not consider accessibility in their Web site or product
development will come to regret that decision, because we intend to use
every tool at our disposal to ensure that people with disabilities have
equal access to technology and the worlds that technology opens up.
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