Websites and Mobile Applications: Do they Comply with Title III of the ADA & it’s impact on divorces….

Some are calling the new wave of cases challenging the accessibility of commercial and public website and mobile application the new Civil Rights Movement, contrary to popular belief. The office likes to call it the silent Civil Rights Movement, as most practitioners are unaware that their web sites and apps as well as those of their clients and they violate many state laws. In particular, sites and apps collectively referred to as web Technologies in this blog of law firms and their private sector clients may end up violating TITLE III of the ADA which is the focus of this blog.  It is imperative that many of those looking to hire a great St. Petersburg child custody lawyer, be very careful when looking to divide their assets and liabilities.

BACKGROUND: DISABILITIES AFFECTING INTERNET USE AND THE LEGAL IMPLICATIONS

According to the US Department of Justice and a prominent Family Law Attorney in the St. Petersburg area, individuals in the United States have disabilities that affect their use of web technology. For instance, individuals with vision impairments may be unable to read the text or view images or videos displayed on web technologies. Those with hearing impairments are able to obtain information from videos laughing out loud, and those with mobility impairments regarding their hands may be able to navigate a web technology, and those with intellectual impairment may struggle to use portions of web technologies that require timed responses from users. Many people with disabilities rely on assistive technology to navigate web technology and access information and services provided they’re in. For example, a screen reader can convert the visual information on a web technology into speech and speech recognition software can allow those with mobility impairments to navigate web technologies. However menu web technologies are not designed in a manner that is compatible with assistive technology or are otherwise inaccessible to individuals with disabilities.

Multiple federal and state laws may be implicated when their Technologies are not equally accessible to disabled individuals. Most prominent among the federal laws are the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. This Act, prohibits discrimination against individuals with disabilities in all areas of public life, unemployment, education, transportation, all public and private places that are open to the General Public. I don’t want to bring up the 80 disability discrimination claims, in the realm of employment, but while Title II and Title III govern accessibility standards and protect disabled individuals access to facilities, good, craigslist, privileges, etc. this needs to come to light. Title to apply to State and local government entities and agencies, whereas  Title III applies to private entities that are places of public accommodation the rehab act requires that the web technologies of federal government entities, Federal, and recipients of Federal funding be equally accessible to disabled individuals. This blog focuses on the web Technologies of private-sector businesses under title 3 of the ADA and the impact it has on the attorney.