Round up for February, who has been covering online inclusivity?

Feb 23 2022

The last month has seen more topics around digital inclusion being discussed. The theme of litigation continues to dominate and there is unlikely to be an end to that anytime soon.

In this month’s edition, we’re looking at new sectors being targeted by litigation, things that might help organizations and another update from the Department of Justice (DOJ).

An accessibility review of the free US COVID test ordering website

This is an insight into how a user of assistive technology experienced the US COVID test ordering website. Whilst this piece highlights that there are a lot of improvements to be made, there are some positive elements.

https://uxdesign.cc/an-accessibility-review-of-the-free-us-covid-test-ordering-website-576fbd0f4744 (opens in a new window)

ADA Compliance For Websites: Getting It Right

This article covers some good points on what type of things are involved with getting a website compliant and meeting the standards, but it also highlights both the social and economic implications that organizations need to consider.

https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesbusinesscouncil/2022/01/21/ada-compliance-for-websites-getting-it-right/ (opens in a new window)

A New Wave of Lawsuits Accuses 50 Art Galleries of Allegedly Violating the Americans With Disabilities Act

In this piece, another sector has been identified as a target for the drive-by lawyers in New York with at least three New York-based plaintiffs who are visually impaired having brought lawsuits against an estimated 50 art galleries for violating the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).

https://news.artnet.com/news-pro/a-wave-of-new-lawsuits-has-hit-art-galleries-2063662 (opens in a new window)

Justice Department secures agreement with Kroger to make online COVID-19 vaccine registration accessible for people with disabilities

The DOJ has continued to show that the ADA can, and should, be applied to digital with a further agreement about making COVID-19 vaccine registration websites accessible. We would however, like to see the DOJ enforcing the regulations in relation to more than just COVID-19 vaccine websites.

https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdoh/pr/justice-department-secures-agreement-kroger-make-online-covid-19-vaccine-registration (opens in a new window)

P & G Website Not Accessible To Blind Individuals, Class Action Claims

This big name has been added to the long and growing list of lawsuits. The P&G website’s screen reader allegedly fails to read the item description link and stops functioning abruptly in the middle of a sentence.

https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-settlements/lawsuit-news/procter-gamble-class-action-lawsuit-and-settlement-news/pg-website-not-accessible-to-blind-individuals-class-action-claims/ (opens in a new window)

4 top legal issues facing grocers

This article highlights that website accessibility is one of the top four legal issues that grocers face in 2022. With a household name being the centre of a big case over the last few years, it’s true that grocers need to take action.

https://www.grocerydive.com/news/4-top-legal-issues-facing-grocers/610213/ (opens in a new window)

Website accessibility considerations for private institutions of higher education

This is a sector we’ve been talking about recently in our articles and reports. This piece goes into detail about why institutions should be aware of their obligations and what initial steps they can take.

https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/website-accessibility-considerations-7444844/ (opens in a new window)

Web accessibility is good for your soul—and for business

This article discusses the reason why your organization should be taking website accessibility seriously and the benefits that compliance can bring.

https://www.computerworld.com/article/3649989/web-accessibility-is-good-for-your-soul-and-for-business.amp.html (opens in a new window)

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