Domino's is asking the highest court in the land to say that protections provided by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) don't apply online, to websites or mobile apps.
The Supreme Court will decide whether or not to hear the ADA Website compliance case when the justices return from their summer recess in the fall. Their decision and ruling would be a landmark case for the rights of disabled community online,
CNBC reporter Tucker Higgins explains in simple terms, "A blind man couldn't order pizza from Domino's. The company wants the Supreme Court to say websites don't have to be accessible."
The new article out today cites UsableNet's 2018 ADA Web Accessibility Lawsuit Recap Report explaining the current and historic legal landscape for ADA Website Accessibility lawsuits. We've included an excerpt or you can read the article in full here.
Domino’s has petitioned the Supreme Court to hear Robles’ case, where it could prove to be a landmark battle over the rights of disabled people on the internet.
“If businesses are allowed to say, ‘We do not have to make our websites accessible to blind people,’ that would be shutting blind people out of the economy in the 21st century,” said Christopher Danielsen, a representative for the National Federation of the Blind, an advocacy group.
The number of lawsuits over inaccessible websites has exploded recently. Last year, more than 2,200 such suits were filed in federal courts, according to the accessible technology firm UsableNet, up from just 814 in 2017."
Danielsen, of the National Federation of the Blind, tells CNBC, “There is a ton of space for innovation in this area,” he added. “Rather than refusing to take the money of those of us with disabilities, why not innovate and take our money?”
We agree that with over 1.6 billion people purchasing goods online just a few short years ago, the business case for web accessibility in 2019 couldn’t be stronger. But there are also plenty of compelling moral and ethical reasons for companies to ensure that their websites are fully accessible.
While becoming ADA Compliant may seem overwhelming, it doesn't need to be. There are plenty of resources to help. You can start here with our guide, Web & App Accessibility: Your Roadmap to Digital Inclusion or contact UsableNet for a free consultation and let one of experts guide you through the process.