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2016 Legal Landscape Update: Education

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In 2016, the number of lawsuits for digital accessibility increased dramatically. With the court cases and settlements of previous years, the message was loud and clear: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applied to digital accessibility and the Department of Justice (DOJ) was going to enforce digital accessibility. Educational institutions are often tasked with the mission of serving all students, and so it is important for them to make sure their materials are accessible. Many educational institutions, particularly universities, faced lawsuits in 2016 regarding the accessibility of their course materials. The DOJ Gets Involved In 2016, the DOJ investigated two… Read More

2016 Legal Landscape Update: State and Local Government

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In 2016, the number of lawsuits for digital accessibility increased dramatically. With the court cases and settlements of previous years, the message was loud and clear: the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) applied to digital accessibility and the Department of Justice (DOJ) was going to enforce digital accessibility. State and local government websites have responsibility to the public to make sure that everyone living in their community has equal access to the information and services provided by the government. Some accessibility issues, such as the ability to vote, can even curtail fundamental rights. Although updates to ADA Title II (covering… Read More

FCC Accessible Communications Regulations – Legal Update Webinar Q & A

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In Tuesday’s webinar, Maria Browne from Davis Wright Tremaine outlined the requirements of the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act (CVAA), the Communications Act, and their impact on accessibility. This post contains Maria’s responses to audience questions posed during and after the presentation. Webinar Q & A Q: Does the Netflix lawsuit apply only to Netflix-created content or to all content Netflix hosts/shows? //MB: Plaintiffs alleged that Netflix violated Title III of the ADA by failing to provide equal access to its on-demand video streaming website, “Watch Instantly.”  Plaintiffs alleged that Netflix provided closed captioning for only a small percentage of the titles available on its website, and… Read More

Using the Law as a Tool to Advance Digital Accessibility

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This year’s 2017 Digital Accessibility Legal Update presentation at CSUN was a huge success. Prominent disability attorneys Lainey Feingold of the Law Office of Lainey Feingold and Linda Dardarian of Goldstein, Borgen, Dardarian & Ho gave a standing-room only presentation that was so successful, it required an encore the next day. SSB BART Group was honored to host this repeat presentation in our showcase suite. The Law as a Tool The presenters spoke about using the law as a tool to make websites accessible to everyone. One of the most important tools is using the laws that are already in… Read More

SSB 2017 CSUN Presentation Materials Available for Download

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The SSB/Level Access crew had a fantastic time at last week’s 32nd Annual International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN)! Thank you to everyone who attended sessions in the SSB Suite, our annual cocktail party, and our Accessibility Summit! If you didn’t hear at the conference, we are in the process of a rebrand to the name Level Access. While there will be no change in our innovative technology or excellent service, our new look represents a cutting-edge, leading technology company, focused on the digital accessibility arena. The name SSB BART Group doesn’t tell a story: Level Access does. We want to level the technology… Read More

FCC Regulations – Legal Update Webinar

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Need to Learn More about Accessible Communications Regulations? If you are part of an organization that provides audio or video entertainment, advanced communications, or any other type of telecom product or service, you need to be well-versed in the requirements of the 21st Century Communications & Video Accessibility Act (CVAA) and the Communications Act. In our upcoming free webinar – FCC Accessible Communications Regulations Legal Update – Attorney Maria Browne of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and SSB BART Group CEO Tim Springer will discuss: The scope of the CVAA and other laws as they pertain specific industries Requirements for compliance,… Read More

Assistive Technology for Users with Mobility Disabilities: Android Switch Access

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Welcome to the final post in this short series on assistive technology for users with mobility disabilities. Today, we focus on Android Switch Access. For the previous posts, please follow these links for “Computer and Mobile Phone Access for People with Mobility Disabilities” and “Assistive Technology for Users with Mobility Disabilities: iOS Switch Control.” Android’s Switch Access (Android 5 and higher) can be used with a variety of Bluetooth switches and Bluetooth keyboards. This accessibility feature allows people with significant motor disabilities to operate the device without using the touchscreen. The Android Switch Access’s purpose is to provide input and access to interactive… Read More

ARIA Widget Checklist: For Screen Reader Testing

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Introduction One of the most significant challenges with ARIA support is determining support level differences between assistive technology and browser combinations, and doing so in a structured manner so that bugs can be accurately and reliably submitted to AT venders so that these support levels can steadily increase equally. However there are still significant discrepancies between valid ARIA usage and what is supported between specific screen readers and browser combinations, so there is immense benefit for such screen reader venders to get on the same page and test these assistive technologies more thoroughly and to also involve the public for… Read More

EU Directive 2016/2102/EU: What is Covered?

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European Union Directive 2016/2102/EU, creating a set of standards for EU public sector bodies, was approved on October 26, 2016. But what exactly is covered under the Directive? Let’s talk about what is covered as well as some notable exclusions from the Directive. What is Covered? The Directive applies to websites and mobile applications under the control of public sector bodies. Public sector bodies are defined in the Directive as bodies governed by public law, including State, regional, and local authorities. Public sector bodies also include associations formed by those authorities, if the associations are formed for fulfilling general interest… Read More

Assistive Technology for Users with Mobility Disabilities: iOS Switch Control

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The iOS Switch Control accessibility feature is built-in to iOS and can be used with a variety of Bluetooth switches, Bluetooth keyboards, and the iOS device’s screen. This accessibility feature allows people with significant motor disabilities to operate their iOS device. The iOS Switch Control has two modes that the user can use: item scanning and point scanning. Item scanning scans through all the elements on the page. Sometimes elements are grouped together (for example: a drop-down menu), and by selecting the group of elements, the scan mode will drill down and start scanning the individual elements in that group…. Read More

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