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    Accessibility

    H.R. 620 Will Not Prevent Drive-By Accessibility Lawsuits Because It Does Not Address Website Accessibility

    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 Act made businesses legally required to make buildings accessible to handicapped persons. This is why…

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    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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    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…

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    Accessibility,  From Kim,  Internet Marketing,  Usability

    Kim Krause Berg Podcast Series and New Column News

    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 released in a series of podcast discussions usability, web design, SEO, accessibility, testing and more…