Accessibility-Americans With Disabilities Act and the Internet

Disability Discrimination

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In one of the first court decisions to consider the applicability of the American With Disabilities Act (ADA) to websites, a federal judge rejected a lawsuit contending that a Southwest Airlines website violated the ADA because it was not accessible by blind users. The judge ruled that it was up to Congress to specify by legislation that websites were a “place of public accommodation.” Access Now, Inc., v. Southwest Airlines, Co., 227 F.Supp.2d 1312 (SD Fla. 2002).

This and the following posts have been copied or adopted from A Legal Guide To The INTERNET – Sixth Edition, published through a collaborative effort by the Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development and Merchant & Gould.