A man unable to make a plane reservation online via a screen reader may be bringing the first suit under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) versus a business based upon their internet access. Does the ADA apply to the internet? The federal government is required to bring accessibility to people with disabilities under Section 508. But, how accessible are your web site's pages? Take them for a spin through the Watchfire Corporation's scanner Bobby to find out.
[October 17, 2002 -- See Dive into Mark on the Myths of Web Accessibility, for some fine writing on why accessibility matters, and how it adds to a site, rather than taking anything away.]
[October 22, 2002 -- the judge hearing this case has ruled that the Disabilities Act does not cover the web. ]