There are many conflicts with the recent vote to pass H.R. 620 of the ADA by the House of Representatives. The most alarming is requiring a law where one already exists. As the House pushes forward waiting for the Senate to vote and turn the bill into law, propaganda from credit unions and the banking industry, along with the uneducated press, continue to be released. The purpose of H.R.620, ADA Education and Reform Act of 2017, is to find ways to stall and prevent civil lawsuits by handicapped persons facing a barrier to entry of a business. Specifically, Title III of the Americans with Disabilities… Continue Reading H.R. 620 Will Not Prevent Drive-By Accessibility Lawsuits Because It Does Not Address Website Accessibility
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… Continue Reading US House Votes to Revise the Americans with Disabilities Act
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… Continue Reading Why Do I Need a Usability Site Audit?
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… Continue Reading Empathy for the Searcher