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Bureau of Internet Accessibility

Digital Accessibility Newsletter
December 2018

Dept. of Education Reopens Nearly 1,000 Website Accessibility Complaints

Motivated by a lawsuit from multiple civil rights groups, the Department of Education has agreed to reopen nearly 1,000 website accessibility complaints. This reverses its controversial rule from earlier this year that allowed the Department of Education to dismiss cases it deemed an “unreasonable burden” on resources. Read More


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Remembering George H.W. Bush, His Legacy on Disability Rights

As the nation celebrates the life of former President George H.W. Bush, we want to recognize the impact he had on disability rights. Most notably, he enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, which was a landmark law and is the most important piece of disability rights legislation in this country.

In his remarks at the signing of the ADA, he said: “This historic act is the world's first comprehensive declaration of equality for people with disabilities -- the first. Its passage has made the United States the international leader on this human rights issue.”

Read the full remarks of President George Bush at the signing of the ADA

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Looking for ideas for introducing people to digital accessibility?

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Age-old question answered: people do read the articles

A man who is legally blind is suing Playboy because he wants to read the articles but can’t because they aren’t accessible with his screen reader.

Last week, Donald Nixon filed the lawsuit, claiming the website violates the ADA. To be compliant, the pictures would need accurate descriptions and all other content and functionality, including the ability to make purchases, would need to be accessible. Read more




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