• HR 620 Vote Counts
    Accessibility

    US House Votes to Revise the Americans with Disabilities Act

    Despite extraordinary push back, lawmakers in Congress voted in favor of H. R. 620, weakening the ADA rather than finding a solution for drive-by ADA lawsuits by unscrupulous lawyers. “[Frivolous] ADA lawsuits…are not an ADA issue; they are a state and court problem,” disability rights lawyer Robyn Powell wrote in an op-ed for Rewire in May 2017. “Indeed, ethics rules bar attorneys from bringing frivolous lawsuits. Rather than go after people with disabilities, attention should be focused on stopping these few bad attorneys.” – The Americans With Disabilities Act Is Under Attack in Congress With the passage of H.R. 620 on the morning of February 15, the incentive for businesses to comply with Title III of the ADA was changed.…

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    Usability,  User Testing

    Why Do I Need a Usability Site Audit?

    If you have ever used a website and become frustrated with it, you know first hand why a usability site audit is necessary. And, because there are so many websites that are difficult to use, you may not be surprised to learn it was never tested to begin with. Every website has a short shelf life. During the 1990’s when website design was in the exploratory stages the common mantra was “build it and they will come”. They did because there was no other place to go and if you were lucky to be the first website, you could get away with imperfections. This is no longer the case. For the past 20 years web designers, programmers and marketers have…

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    Search Behavior,  Usability

    Empathy for the Searcher

    The holistic approach is a simple concept. It says to us, “Create, develop and market with empathy for all people.” The heavens opened to me several months into my new position as a software QA usability engineer after overhearing a salesman marketing a project I knew was a wreck. It was a website I was assigned to help design, but my usability recommendations were ignored. By the time it entered the development phase, I was chosen for a newly formed software QA team that needed a usability person. My duty was to prove it was defective, failed UX standards and missed the business requirements. That I was on the shit-list of the marketing department would be something I needed to learn to…

  • HR 620
    Accessibility

    US To Vote For Discrimination Against Disabled This Week

    To protect businesses from lawsuits, the US Government votes this week to manipulate the rights of disabled persons to file a discrimination complaint. After the passage of the ADA in 1990, places of public accommodation were required to take proactive steps to be reasonably accessible to people with disabilities. (See Title III, Public Accommodations and Services Operated by Private Entities of the ADA) Incredibly, this week there is to be a vote to remove the responsibility of providing accessibility from business owners to the disabled, forcing handicapped individuals to prove they are not accommodated, allowing delaying tactics and removing the support of the Justice Department. H.B. 620, sponsored by representatives of both political parties, aims to change the Americans with Disabilities…