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Webinar Recap: The ADA & Law Firm Website Accessibility: Are You at Risk? – Source:

The Americans with Disabilities Act was enacted in 1990 to ensure public accommodations were accessible to everyone. But how does the ADA affect the public accommodations that have developed so robustly on the internet in the decades since the law was passed? Is your law firm’s website at risk of violating the ADA?

In this webinar, Lawmatics CEO Matt Spiegel welcomes Jeff Lantz and Desire’e Martinelli of Esquire Interactive to explore these questions and more. Here are some of the highlights…

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Meet Orbit, the interactive robot that looks to help children with autism spectrum disorders develop social skills – Source: Medical Xpress

The hand-sized robot smiles and encourages users to press a button on its back, reacting with a beaming smile if pressed gently, and with a sad face if the interaction is too hard.

“Oh no, it looks like you pressed too hard, Orbit is sad and in need of cheering up, try tickling their belly and see if that will work.”

Orbit is an interactive robot that aims to teach children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) about emotions and social appropriateness through storytelling, physical interaction, and visual communication.

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PRESS RELEASE – US DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TO RECOGNIZE IMPORTANCE OF DISABILITY, EQUITY IN WORKFORCE DURING NATIONAL DISABILITY EMPLOYMENT AWARENESS MONTH 2022 – Source: Department of Labor

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Labor today announced that, in recognition of the vital role people with disabilities play in making the nation’s workforce diverse and inclusive, “Disability: Part of the Equity Equation” has been chosen as the theme for October’s National Disability Employment Awareness Month 2022.

Led by its Office of Disability Employment Policy, the department’s annual observance of National Disability Employment Awareness Month acknowledges the contributions to the nation’s economy made by workers with disabilities, current and past. The commemoration also showcases supportive and inclusive policies and practices benefiting workers and employers.

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Making Work More Accessible Through Flexible Telework Policies – Source: respectability.org

As an employer, there are many ways you can improve the accessibility of your workplace for disabled workers, and one of the biggest is having flexible telework policies.

For years, different groups within the disabled community have faced a range of problems with transportation, including being physically unable to drive, not having wheelchair accessible public transit options, having sensory issues that impair functioning when driving or riding public transportation, or being unable to afford the cost of…

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Elon among dozens of universities sued over website accessibility – Source: Elon News Network

A New York resident has included Elon University in a series of lawsuits alleging the university’s website design violates the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Emanuel Delacruz filed the lawsuit Aug. 2 in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He has also filed similar lawsuits against dozens of other companies and universities going as far back as 2017. He is seeking class-action status for the lawsuit.

In the lawsuit, Delacruz claims that both the Elon University website and the Elon Athletics website are not equally accessible for blind and visually impaired consumers.

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No arms, no problem. Iowa junior high student loves playing football – Source: KCCI Des Moines

CORALVILLE, Iowa (KCRG) —
Thaddeus Longmire was born without arms, but that doesn’t stop him from playing the game he loves.

“Football is very fun and being a tight end blocking and feeling like a part of the team,” said Thaddeus, a junior high student in Coralville. “No one really said I couldn’t do it, they just gave me, like, looks. That made me feel like I should do it to prove them wrong.”

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See how Apple Accessibility transforms lives, working hand-in-hand with HomeKit [Video] – Source: 9to5mac

For severely disabled people, it’s no exaggeration to say that Apple Accessibility transforms lives – but it can be difficult to appreciate the impact that even minor-sounding changes can make until you see it for yourself.

Colin Hughes is a former TV producer and now disability campaigner who kindly showed me around his home to see how he uses both Accessibility features and HomeKit control to maximize the independence he retains over his daily life …

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Subtitles can be terrible: Netflix’s head of accessibility explains how growing up with deaf parents impacts her work – Source: Insider

It was only when she watched TV at a friend’s house as a child that Heather Dowdy realized people didn’t always use subtitles.

Dowdy, who was hired as Netflix’s first director of product accessibility last year, used to watch shows like “Family Matters” at home when she grew up in Chicago in the 1990s.

The subtitles would always be on, because her parents are deaf. “That’s what my parents automatically had,” she told Insider.
This experience shapes her job at Netflix, where she is tasked with making the platform more accessible to people with disabilities.

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Cell Phone Accessibility: Improving, but Gaps Remain, CACP Researchers Find – Source: Georgia Tech

Cell phones are becoming more accessible, but gaps remain — including fewer features for people with cognitive disabilities, emerging issues such as vehicle connectivity, and surprising roadblocks such as poor battery life, according to the latest biennial analysis of cell phone accessibility by Georgia Tech’s Center for Advanced Communications Policy (CACP).

“Not all cell phones are created equal as far as accessibility, especially when it comes to a specific disability,” said Research Scientist Salimah LaForce, who wrote…

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U.S. Access Board Seeks Public Comment on Accessibility Guidelines for Self-Service Transaction Machines – Source: US Access Board

Touchscreen kiosks and other types of self-service transaction machines (SSTMs) are a common feature in places of public accommodation, government offices, and other buildings and facilities, allowing users to independently conduct a range of transactions and functions. The U.S. Access Board has issued an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) on supplemental accessibility guidelines for different types of SSTMs, including electronic self-service kiosks, for persons with disabilities.

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