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Is Your Website ADA Compliant?

Attorneys at Michelman & Robinson, LLP have seen an uptick in claims made on behalf of visually impaired individuals against operators of websites not optimized for screen-reader technology. In fact, several of our clients have been sued or received demand letters from plaintiffs’ attorneys claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

These website-access lawsuits – whether actual or threatened – have become so prevalent for businesses across industries that the New York Times reported just last week on the topic in an article entitled “Galleries From A to Z Sued Over Websites the Blind Can’t Use” (here’s a link to the piece in the NYT). Consequently, we thought it a good idea to alert you of this growing trend and recommend that you take steps to ensure compliance with the widely accepted standard Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 (you can Google it).

If interested, we can run a tool that checks websites for legal incompatibilities (the same one many plaintiffs’ lawyers use), and provide a report that may inform you as to how ADA claims can be avoided (and hopefully discourage plaintiffs’ lawyers looking to squeeze you). We strongly encourage you to be mindful of this concern, and invite you to contact Jeremy Richardson at (212) 730-7700 or for help.

This blog post is not offered as, and should not be relied on as, legal advice. You should consult an attorney for advice in specific situations.