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Encountering special characters on Twitter is only one of many accessibility challenges that persist on social media, 4 years on:
To @Facebook's credit, it's applied AI for good here: huffingtonpost.com/entry/facebook…
@facebook I need to come back to this today. In 2011, I wrote about a study by @SusannahFox which found that disability or illness hindered millions of Americans from using the Internet: gov20.govfresh.com/pew-disability…
Today, a disability divide endures: pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017…
@facebook @SusannahFox My piece highlighted @TheJusticeDept's 2010 rulemaking on whether it should apply the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to websites that offer public accomodoations, thereby making many more online resources accessible to millions of our fellow Americans.
@facebook @SusannahFox @TheJusticeDept What I found this morning, however, is that @TheJusticeDept quietly withdrew its rulemaking on Web accessibility on December 26, 2017, the day after Christmas. ada.gov/anprm2010/web%…
@AFB1921 did not, & explained to the public what it meant: afb.org/blog/afb-blog/…
@facebook @SusannahFox @TheJusticeDept @AFB1921 Unfortunately, DoJ did not. (I've found no press release about it, & @CivilRights hasn't tweeted since January 2017.)
As @seyfarthshawLLP pointed out, @TheJusticeDept put this rulemaking on its inactive list in July 2017: adatitleiii.com/2017/07/doj-pl… Elections matter.
@facebook @SusannahFox @TheJusticeDept @AFB1921 @CivilRights @seyfarthshawLLP Even without new rules, @LFLegal says that the Americans with Disability Act already applies to the Web: "Website owners, developers, contractors must still build accessible websites. Accessibility is a civil right with or without federal ADA regulations." lflegal.com/2017/12/withdr…
As the 116th Congress begins, I hope that @SpeakerPelosi & @SenateMajLdr act to ensure that @civilrights are upheld.
A government #ForThePeople must be accessible by the people.
If US companies make websites & apps accessible by default, humanity writ large will benefit. #a11y
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