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Website Access for Persons with Disabilities

Access to the web by everyone regardless of disability is its essential aspect. The Web is increasingly a prime marketplace of ideas, goods and services, and people with disabilities may not be excluded from it. Some courts and commentators, however, suggest that private sector Websites (Websites of entities designated “public accommodations” in Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act) need to be accessible only if they have a “bricks and mortar” connection.

A recent City Bar report demonstrated that accessibility is required regardless of “bricks and mortar”: “Website Accessibility for People with Disabilities,” available at http://www.nycbar.org/pdf/report/Website_Accessibility.pdf. The City Bar May 3rd program featured a real-time demonstration of Website accessibility and examples of good and not-so-good accessibility features on selected Websites.

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