First Federal Court Ruled That Having An Inaccessible Website Violates Title III of the American with Disabilities Act (ADA).
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Unfortunately, disabled people are often excluded and discriminated against with digital accessibility. It is everyone’s civil right to have the digital world accessible.
Judges agree and with increased litigation against companies who do not ensure their websites are ADA compliant will quickly realize the consequences.
June 13, 2017, The Florida Federal District Court Judge, Robert Scola, issued a 130-page Verdict and Order against Winn-Dixie. The verdict and order found Winn-Dixie violated Title III of the ADA by not having an accessible website. This case is critical because it was the first of it’s kind.
The plaintiff, Juan Carlos Gil, is blind and uses a screen reader software to access websites. Mr. Gil was unable to access Winn-Dixie’s website to find store locations, order prescriptions, or download coupons. Mr. Gil is legally blind. However, he is determined to overcome his disabilities. He competes in marathons around the world.
Mr. Gil has accused restaurants, government agencies, and stores of not having their websites accessible to the blind and violating Title III ADA. He has filed 175 lawsuits in South Florida.
Mr. Gil said, “I’m fighting for equality. We live in the United States where we beat our chests and say we’re the No. 1 place to be. However, there are holes in it. It’s very disconcerting that it’s now 2018 and websites aren’t accessible to the visually impaired. It dismisses a whole population.”
The current set of guidelines for Web Content Accessibility (WCAG) 2.0 is a standard that Winn-Dixie and other companies must comply with to ensure their websites are accessible. A private group of accessibility experts initially developed WCAG 2.0. During the rulemaking process of Title III, the Department of Justice references WCAG 2.0 as a guideline for companies to follow when making their websites ADA compliant for all persons.
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