Posted: Monday, January 11, 2010 11:00 pm
Last year, the nonprofit law center Disability Rights Advocates settled a suit over access against Hotels.com and Expedia.com. In the settlement, the online travel companies agreed to start providing information about hotels’ accessibility features, such as Braille signage and the width of doorways, on their Web sites. In 2008, the group also successfully settled a lawsuit accusing Target of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act because its online store could not be navigated with a screen reader.
According to Karla Gilbride, fellowship attorney with the center, courts across the country have interpreted how the Americans With Disabilities Act should apply to the Internet differently. She said some courts have ruled that the law guarantees access to all Web sites, while others have decided it should only apply to Web sites that are associated with a physical space, such as a store or bank.