LAW IS A KEY TO WEB
AccessU @ CSUN 2012
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE LAW
Q: Is the law useful in advancing the cause of web
accessibility? If yes, HOW?
Q: How can advocates best use the to advance
Q: What is the current state of the law and web
THE LAW MATTERS
WEB ACCESS = CIVIL RIGHT
• Right to information
• Right to education
• Right to services
• Right to participation
• Right to community
• Right to be free from discrimination
LAWS ALREADY REQUIRE ACCESS
21st Century CVAA
BEHIND THE LOCKED DOORS
Lack of Information
Fear of Unknown
LEGAL STRATEGIES FOR WEB
(KEYS TO USING THE LAWS)
State Attorney General Investigations
Federal Administrative Complaints
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Education
IS THE LAW USEFUL?
THIS LIST SAYS YES
Bank of America Target
Ticket Master Rite Aid
CVS Credit Reports
Major League Baseball Law School Admissions
American Cancer Society Council
Amazon Price Line
Penn State eBay
Carrot or Stick?
Fear or Encouragement?
Collaboration or Imposition
USING THE LAW WITHOUT LAWYERS
• Who is an advocate? Who is a champion?
• How can we incorporate the language of the law?
• Document all contacts
Heard a great talk about a mango tree and the guy held a mango – so powerful. So my main takeaway – law is a KEY…
Q1: if not, we can all go back to sleep! Q2: YES – I think lack of understanding of legal issues around web accessibility doesn’t serve us.Q3: because even advocates somehow have negative connotations about the law. Why is that? Let’s leave them behind in this room. Hope to emerge with a different understanding. See law as a KEY to opening the doors of web accessibility.
End of story first: law does matter. CAN be used as agent for positive change. We are in very reactoinary times legally: lost right to bring national class actions, corporations are citizens, people can be forced into arbitration. In any area we still have strong laws, we as advocates and champions have to USE them… [phililppinesexerpt]
Guidelines give life to rights. Web guidelines build electronic curb cuts.Web guidelines build ramps, elevators, lowered sinks
Since theme is “key” I had to look up in dictionary..Word “key” has several meanings: (1) the metal device put into a locak (i) fundamental and important / (2) something that affords a means of access: the key to happiness. LAW CAN BE THAT THING FOR WEB ACCESS. The key is knowing what STRATEGY to use.. Knowing HOW to use the law
What is the help buttonBlind person at ATMBlind people with cancerLack of information: law not clear… only fed govt requires…
Subtitle: Do these strategies work?Penn state: doe complaint
Carrot or stick – gently turn key in lock / or bang down doorFear or encouragement: partly a philosophy. I think most lack of access is from..
LAW: Love in Action with Wisdom
—a Wisdom that contains Compassion