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Federal ADA Title III Lawsuit Numbers Drop 15% for the First Half of 2020 But a Strong Rebound Is Likely

Businesses enjoyed a brief reprieve in ADA Title III lawsuits while the country was shut down, but the rest of the year will most likely be business as usual. In the first six months of 2020, 4,759 ADA Title III lawsuits were filed in federal court, as compared to 5,592 of such suits filed in the first six months of 2019, for a decrease of 15 percent during this period. This downtick is largely due to the significantly fewer filings in April and May of 2020, when most of the country was shut down…

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Monash University and Tennis Australia serve up world-first accessible audio stream for fans with blindness or low vision- February 18, 2021 Source: India Education Diary- Australia

Tennis Australia, Monash University and AKQA have launched Action Audio, an online audio stream designed to make the Australian Open broadcasts accessible for almost 600,000 Australians and 285 million people living with blindness or a vision impairment. Action Audio allows people with blindness or vision impairment to stay connected to the tennis experience throughout the entire match, and follow it in real-time. Action Audio uses Tennis Australia’s real-time ball position data to make the ball ‘audible’ to blind audiences…

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Disability Club social media site to boost social connections, online accessibility for people with a disability- February 17, 2021 Source: ABC- Australia

When 26-year-old Nathan Johnston tried to connect with people during the peak of last year’s COVID-19 lockdown, he realized how challenging it could be for people living with a disability to use social media networks like Twitter and Facebook. Mr. Johnston, who has cerebral palsy, lives on the New South Wales Far South Coast and has been inspired to start developing a new social media site called Disability Club after feeling isolated during the peak of the pandemic…

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Proposed regulations under Accessible Canada Act, a major step towards a barrier-free Canada- February 16, 2021 Source: Mirage News- Canada

The Government of Canada is delivering on its commitment to create a barrier-free Canada with the implementation of the Accessible Canada Act, which will help remove barriers, and increase access and opportunities for persons with disabilities. Today, the Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Carla Qualtrough, highlighted the publication of the first-ever proposed Accessible Canada Regulations under the Accessible Canada Act in the Canada Gazette (Part I)…

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Post-COVID-19 digital economy must include persons with disabilities: ILO- February 12, 2021 Source: Business Standard- Spain

Advances in the digital economy significantly accelerated by Covid-19 pandemic are creating unprecedented opportunities to build a more inclusive world of work for the more than one billion people with disabilities globally, according to a new report from the International Labour Organisation (ILO). However, digital barriers also threaten to aggravate existing inequalities and exclusion unless they are countered with effective and targeted initiatives. The report titled ‘An inclusive digital economy for people with disabilities’ was prepared by ILO Global Business and Disability Network (GBDN) and Spanish disability NGO Fundacion ONCE…

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Early commitment to accessibility for disabled Americans has advocates hopeful for Biden’s tenure- February 1, 2021 Source: USA Today

The day President Joe Biden was sworn into office, those watching the inauguration saw fire Capt. Andrea Hall, the child of a deaf parent, recite the Pledge of Allegiance – spoken in English and signed. “Let’s just say that’s the first time I’ve ever cried at the pledge,” said Sara Novic, a deaf writer and college instructor based in Philadelphia. “Beyond access, that was representation, and it meant a lot to see her on the big stage as part of the ceremony.”…

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New Partnership Lets the Blind Experience Pictures Through Touch- January 29, 2021 Source: Associations Now

A collaborative effort will provide access and inclusion to blind and disabled populations by delivering more than 45 million tactile images to museums, science centers, libraries, schools, and government agencies. There’s more than one way to experience a great work of art, according to a new partnership among the National Federation of the Blind, Getty Images, and Tactile Images, a company that converts pictures into three dimensional versions that can be experienced through touch, hearing, and smell…

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$2.25 Million Fund Available in Justice Department Settlement with Amtrak- January 29, 2021 Source: Denver Post

Today, Amtrak began accepting claims for monetary compensation for people with mobility disabilities who traveled or wanted to travel from or to one of the 78 stations listed below and encountered accessibility issues at the stations. Claims must be submitted by May 29, 2021. On Dec. 2, 2020, the Department of Justice and Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, entered into an agreement to resolve the department’s findings of disability discrimination in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)…

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Website ADA Lawsuit Filed Against Golden State Warriors- January 27, 2021 Source: Klein Moynihan Turco

The Golden State Warriors (the “Warriors”) are the latest high-profile company to have a website-related American with Disabilities Act (“ADA”) lawsuit filed against them. On January 21, 2021, a class action complaint was filed in the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, alleging that the Warriors website, https://shop.warriors.com/, violates the ADA and California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act (“UCRA”) because it is not fully accessible to blind and visually impaired consumers…

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Robust Disability Employee Networks Key To Shaping Post-Pandemic Workplace Inclusion- January 17, 2021 Source: Forbes

The initiation and maintenance of an effective corporate diversity and inclusion policy is often viewed as being a core responsibility of an organization’s senior management team. While leadership at boardroom level is undoubtedly an essential enabling component, this alone will never deliver optimal outcomes for employees with disabilities. Governments certainly have a role to play in bringing forth the legislative frameworks necessary to scale and foster an ecosystem of organizations adhering to best practice but what of the grassroots?…

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ProPublica Uses Plain Language to Make Stories More Accessible- January 25, 2021 Source: Editor And Publisher Magazine

It’s nice when a newsroom experiment pays off in unexpected ways. In Arizona, ProPublica teamed up with the Arizona Daily Star to sponsor a story by Amy Silverman that looked into why the state’s Division of Developmental Disabilities turned down thousands of people who sought assistance. The investigative piece has all the heft and rigor you’d expect from a ProPublica deep dive. But what could have simply ended as a robust and impactful piece of journalism transformed into something of an experiment in story forms (20 separate URLs in total, including Spanish translations and audio versions)…

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