Disability Law Lags Behind Technology, White House Official Says | ABA Journal

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The Americans with Disabilities Act is 20 years old and needs to catch up with technology, a White House official says.

Kareem Dale, a special assistant to President Obama on disability policy, tells the Washington Post that the law has produced a ?sea change? benefiting disabled Americans. He points to curb cuts and specially outfitted buses that benefit those in wheelchairs, for example, and braille in hotel rooms and elevators.

But Dale says the ADA is lagging behind developments in technology. One legal question, he says, is whether the ADA applies to websites. ?Many courts have said no and maybe a couple have said yes, but it’s been an open question,? he told the Post. ?Our Department of Justice just announced [on Friday] that they plan to issue some proposed rule-making about ADA applying to websites.?

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