Adam Turner

Accessibility Bulletin Week 39 – Beyoncé, Accessibility Statements and Priorities

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In the US, litigation continues. Some of the court rulings are trying to prevent “a cottage industry for attorneys”. That doesn’t mean you’re no longer at risk though.

As usual 5 of the best articles we have seen are listed below. The summaries and links to the full articles are included:

  • US | Beyoncé Was Sued Over Her Website …... And You Could Be Too

    Beyoncé was sued because her website violated the ADA – how many businesses don’t know the law?

    …..an estimated 2 million blind people and others with vision impairments unable to access the primary portal for news about all things Bey. The ADA has been law for decades—it turns 30 in 2020—but it’s spurring a new wave of digital-era lawsuits.

    https://fortune.com/2019/09/21/beyonce-lawsuit-website-ada-compliant/

  • US | The Seventh Circuit Holds “Indignation” Is Not An Injury-In-Fact

    It seems you can’t sue just because a website is non-compliant. You have to satisfy the injury-in-fact requirement.

    Case thrown out… ‘instead, the plaintiff was a “tester,” visiting websites solely for the purpose of testing (and suing for) ADA (non)compliance.’

    https://www.jdsupra.com/legalnews/the-seventh-circuit-holds-indignation-41071/

  • UK | All Public Sector Bodies need an Accessibility Statement for their new websites

    UK Public Sector Bodies need an Accessibility Statement for their new websites. And for them to be WCAG2.1 Level AA compliant.

    The 23 September 2019 is the day that all UK Public Sector Bodies need to publish accessibility statements for all of their new websites which must now meet WCAG 2.1 AA conformance.

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/accessibility-requirements-for-public-sector-websites-and-apps

  • GLOBAL | Dealing with website accessibility – prioritisation gives you a head start

    Sitemorse offer some advice on how to tackle website accessibility – an old article but still valid.

    Sometimes accessibility has negative connotations for digital teams. It reminds them of those tasks they should have done to make their website fully compliant with accessibility standards, but just didn’t have time to complete.

    https://sitemorse.com/news/2017/05/15/dealing-website-accessibility-prioritise-rather-panic/  

  • Global | How much progress are hotels making? Global INDEX results

    The Sitemorse INDEX for Hotels shows some interesting results – the highest score for accessibility being only 5 out of 10.

    Earlier this week, Sitemorse published its Q3 Hotels INDEX results. From an accessibility point of view there is a lot of work to be done with the vast majority of retailers scoring 3 or less (out of 10). Perhaps they should get a free risk assessment.

    https://sitemorse.com/news/2019/09/25/hotels-accessibility-top-their-do-list/

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