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Web Accessibility Lawsuit Filed- NFB v. Target

From: Cynthia Waddell <cynthia.waddell@icdri.org>
Date: Thu, 9 Feb 2006 11:30:56 -0800
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Hello everyone,
This is to bring to your attention that a web accessibility lawsuit has been
filed against the retail store Target.  For further information, please see
http://www.dralegal.org/cases/private_business/nfb_v_target.php.  There are
two links about NFB v. Target at the bottom of the page - one is a factsheet
and the other is the actual complaint filed February 7, 2006.  The
International Center on Disability has also posted the information on our
homepage at http://www.icdri.org.

Filed in California State court, the complaint alleges violations of the
California Unruh Civil Rights Act and the California Disabled Persons Act.
Relief requested includes statutory damages which may include treble damages
under the Unruh Civil Rights Act.  California law incorporates the Americans
with Disabilities Act provisions in the Unruh Civil Rights Act and provides
for relief beyond that available at the federal level.

Best regards,
Cynthia Waddell
Chair, International Commission on Technology and Disability- North America

Cynthia D. Waddell, JD
Executive Director and
Law, Policy and Technology Consultant
International Center for Disability Resources
   on the Internet (ICDRI)
Phone:  (408) 691-6921

ICDRI is based in
Raleigh, North Carolina USA

See my new book!
Constructing Accessible Web Sites

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Endorsed by the American Council of the Blind,
the Cynthia SaysTM portal is a joint Education
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Society Disability and Special Needs Chapter,
and HiSoftware.

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Sent: Friday, February 03, 2006 4:10 PM
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Subject: Fwd: Paul Jaeger Wins Award for Doctoral Research at ALISE 2006
in San Antonion TX

-- Jonnie Apple Seed
With his:
Hands-On Technolog(eye)s

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From: "Mary J. Barnett" <mbassistech@EARTHLINK.NET>
Date: February 3, 2006 5:47:57 PM EST
Subject: Paul Jaeger Wins Award for Doctoral Research at ALISE 2006
in San Antonion TX
Reply-To: Equal Access to Software & Information

Hi, all!

I recently attended ALISE (Association for Library and Information
Science Education) 2006 in San Antonio. I was pleased to be at the
session where Paul Jaeger's first place award for his poster on his
doctoral research was announced. Paul has published widely and has
been a contributor to the Information Technology and Disabilities E-

Following is the research abstract posted on the ALISE site:  http://

Information Policy

Paul T. Jaeger
Florida State University
Multi-method Evaluation of U.S. Federal Electronic Government
Websites in terms of Accessibility for Persons with Disabilities

The study explained in this poster provides a detailed evaluation of
the accessibility of selected federal electronic government (e-
government) sites for persons with disabilities in terms of the
requirements of Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act (29 U.S.C. 
794d). Section 508 requires e-government sites to be accessible--
designed and implemented so that persons with disabilities have equal
access to them. However, research thus far has found that compliance
with Section 508 requirements is low, with many e-government sites
remaining inaccessible to persons with disabilities. These previous
studies have limited their method primarily to using automated
testing software programs, which have shortcomings in their accuracy
and thoroughness. Rather than employing only automated testing
software programs, this study employs a rigorous accessibility
investigation that includes testing by users with disabilities,
expert assessments, testing for compatibility with adaptive
technologies, testing with automated evaluation software, surveys of
federal webmasters, and policy analysis. The more intensive method
employed in this research provides a detailed depiction of the
accessibility of federal e-government websites that accounts for the
needs of persons with different disabilities and evaluates
accessibility using multiple methods.

Congratulations, Paul!!

Mary J. Barnett, Ph.D.
Denton, Texas
Received on Thursday, 9 February 2006 19:31:09 UTC

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