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ADA Anniversary: Reflecting on Triumphs and Challenges in 2023

33rd ADA Anniversary - Americans with Disabilities Act

26 July 2023 marks the 33rd Anniversary of the Americans with Disability Act (ADA). Signed into law on July 26, 1990, ADA has been a significant milestone in advocating for equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities.

The Wins

Since its enactment in 1990, ADA has played a crucial role in ensuring equal rights and opportunities for people with disabilities. 2023 has witnessed an increasing number of businesses recognizing the value of ADA compliance as they strive to create accessible spaces both physical & digital for their customers.

  • DocMagic Introduces ADA-Compliant Digital Loan Documents

DocMagic Inc., a California-based provider of compliant loan document generation, regulatory compliance, and comprehensive eMortgage services, said this week it has added ADA-compliant mortgage loan documents to its document library. The new digital documents are accessible to visually impaired users and others with disabilities, unlocking opportunities for these consumers into the broader mortgage market, the company said. Read More on DocMagic

  • The normalization of ADA accessibility at Boston Calling Music Festival

With a golf cart to help festival attendees get around and the willingness to make accommodations as needed, the ADA team at Boston Calling Music Festival made an effort to ensure that all persons could enjoy the festivities to the fullest extent this year. The ADA program offered a 50-seat wheelchair-accessible seating platform near the two main stages for those with physical disabilities, as well as ASL interpreters on a raised platform by the stage for those who are hard of hearing or deaf. Read More on Boston Calling Music Festival

  • Tambourine Taps AI for Innovations in ADA Accessibility

Tambourine, the Fort Lauderdale-headquartered digital marketing technology company serving hotels, resorts, and tourism destinations worldwide, announced it has integrated Artificial Intelligence into its flagship product, The Symphony Hotel Marketing Platform. Read More on Tambourine Innovation

  • Mishawaka opens ADA accessible playground at Battell Park

The city of Mishawaka held a ribbon cutting for a brand-new playground at its oldest and most historic park. Directly behind the bandshell at Battell Park, this is the first Mishawaka park to feature an AstroTurf surface, making the play area fully wheelchair accessible. The park also highlights a “We-Go-Round,” a wheelchair-accessible merry-go-round, a splash pad, and a sensory play center for kids on the autism spectrum. Read More on Mishawaka Playground

  • Servicon Earns Digital Health Award for Responsive Website Design

Servicon, Southern California's leading hospital environmental services (EVS) provider and commercial cleaning services company, has been named a 2023 Digital Health Award winner. Servicon's recently updated website earned the Bronze Award in the Web-based Digital Health: Responsive Website Design category for businesses with over 500 employees. Read More on Servicon

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The Setbacks

While it is true that 2023 saw some positive steps towards the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it is also important to acknowledge that there were lawsuits filed in relation to ADA compliance. These lawsuits serve as a reminder that there is still work to be done in ensuring equal access and rights for people with disabilities.

  • Magic Store Must Face ADA Compliance Lawsuit Over Website Design

Online magic store Inc. must face discrimination claims brought by a visually impaired customer, a New York federal court ruled. The US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Tuesday denied in part Ellusionist’s motion to dismiss the case, in which the customer says its website fails to accommodate users who require screen-reading software. The court rejected Ellusionist’s argument that the customer failed to state a claim because its website didn’t qualify as a place of public accommodation. Read more on Magic Store

  • City Of Chicago Held in Violation of Americans with Disabilities Act

A federal judge in Chicago held the City of Chicago liable for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act by failing to provide accessible pedestrian signals at signalized intersections throughout the city to those who are blind or have low vision. Read more on City of Chicago

  • Lyneer Staffing, LLC Will Pay $119,400 to Settle Americans with Disabilities Act Suit

Lyneer Staffing, LLC, a leading national staffing agency, will provide American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters to deaf applicants, train its managers on reasonable accommodations, and pay $119,400 to settle an Americans with Disabilities (ADA) suit, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced today. Read more on Lyneer Staffing

Embracing Accessibility

Being ADA compliant is not just a legal requirement; it is also a smart business move. By ensuring that your business is accessible to all individuals, including those with disabilities, you open your doors to a larger customer base. At BarrierBreak, we strongly emphasize the significance of accessibility compliance and have the expertise to provide top-notch ADA testing services. Our ADA testing service provides thorough evaluations and assessments, to ensure your digital products comply with accessibility standards and create an inclusive digital experience for all. In conclusion, do explore "Comedians with Disabilities Act: Changing Attitudes Through Laughter" at the link: An inspiring example of how people with disabilities are using comedy to drive positive change.

Let's embrace the journey of accessibility as we continue to celebrate the spirit of the ADA and work together towards a more inclusive world.

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