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
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.… Continue Reading US To Vote For Discrimination Against Disabled This Week
In July 2017 I traveled to Ohio on the invitation of well-known author, speaker and teacher, Matt Bailey of Site Logic Marketing to be interviewed on usability. Over several days we chatted about the old days of the Internet and our career involvement in the SEO and Usability industries. Matt creates easy listening podcasts. I was excited to be considered for his Endless Coffee Cup Podcast project. The result are a series of 4 or 5 podcasts. The conversation is relaxed, fun, and educational. If you own a website or work on one, you may find many ideas and inspiration. The following are the first… Continue Reading Kim Krause Berg Podcast Series and New Column News
History was recently made in the trial against the Florida food store Winn Dixie when a judge ruled in favor of a blind customer who was unable to use the store’s website. In accessibility circles, the buzz is about what happened in the District Court in South Florida when a customer sued because he could not read the store’s online coupons using his screen reader or conduct other tasks on the Winn Dixie food store web site. This case recalled the 2005 lawsuit against the USA department store chain, Target, by the National Federation for the Blind. Three years later, Target Corporation settled the class action… Continue Reading Why Did Winn Dixie Lose the Accessibility Lawsuit?