[nfbwatlk] [Wcb-l] Fwd: No more excuses: ADA alreday covers websites (andSection 504 too)

Mary ellen gabias at telus.net
Sun Jun 28 15:56:04 UTC 2015

Thanks for that information.  This is the same issue we've litigated over
and over again.  Web sites are part of the ADA.  I would hope that the deaf
community would support us in our access battles.  I don't expect them to do
more than cheer us on, since they have no knowledge of our issues and I
wouldn't want them trying to tell others how to deal with us.  I feel the
same about our support of them.  We can help because we've helped create
precedents that clearly state the web is covered by ADA.  Perhaps we can
even file amicus briefs if asked.  

The blind and the deaf often ask for things that seem contradictory.  They
want more visual information and we want more audio and tactile information.
In the end, of course, we all want access to information provided in useful

Stand in support of deaf people?  It's a natural, provided they lead the
way.  Will they stand with us?  I suppose that in a moral sense it doesn't
matter.  There's no moral ambiguity about captioning videos; it's simply the
right thing to do.

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What's that old saying about, They came for the Communists, but I didn't
speak up, because I wasn't one.  They came for....  Well, if we don't speak
out about this whether it affects us or not, are we not allowing another
disability group to be discriminated against? The question I have is this
though: would they stand up 
with us if a website is not accessible for us?    Debby

 ---- Original Message ------
From: Marlaina Lieberg <1guidedog at gmail.com
Subject: [Wcb-l] Fwd: No more excuses: ADA alreday covers websites
(andSection 504 too) Date sent: Fri, 26 Jun 2015 10:08:29 -0700

Marlaina and guide dog, Nisha
1guidedog at gmail.com

Begin forwarded message:

From: Lainey Feingold <LF at LFLegal.com
Subject: No more excuses: ADA alreday covers websites (and 
Section 504 too)
Date: June 25, 2015 at 6:11:52 PM PDT
To: Lainey Feingold <LF at LFLEGAL.COM


Today the U.S.  Department of Justice filed "Statements of 
Interest" in cases against Harvard and MIT filed by the National 
Association of the Deaf.  The lawsuits allege that the 
universities failed to caption online video content and that the 
failure violated the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitiation 
Act.  The DOJ documents support NAD's position.

The universities argued that the court should throw the cases out 
of court because the ADA and 504 don't cover websites.  The 
schools also argued that the court should wait for the Title III 
web regulations.  The DOJ couldn't have written a stronger brief 
(one in each case).  The ADA already covers websites.  There is 
no need to wait for regulations.

This is not the first time the DOJ has reminded us all that the 
ADA already covers websites, just the most recent.  For other DOJ 
activity, see the digital access legal update I wrote in March 
at: http://lflegal.com/2015/03/legal-update-csun15/ 
<http://lflegal.com/2015/03/legal-update-csun15/>.  Another 
update coming soon.

Here are the links to today's legal filings:

DOJ Statement of Interest in MIT case: http://1.usa.gov/1BFdCqs 

DOJ Statement of Interest in Harvard case: 
http://1.usa.gov/1J8Edfl <http://1.usa.gov/1J8Edfl

Happy reading,  Lainey

Lainey Feingold
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