Lawsuits against McDonald’s, Grubhub and Kmart, all alleging those companies’ apps and websites violated federal disability law because they were not easily accessible to the blind, have been settled in October 2017, according to Chicago federal court records. According to the lawsuits, the plaintiffs while visually impaired, navigate the internet and smartphone apps by using special screen-reading software, or by using an Apple iPhone using the device’s built-in VoiceOver screen reader.
The complaints noted federal authorities have typically interpreted the ADA law to mean businesses must also design their websites and apps to allow for people with visual impairments to read the pages and access the information using only such a screen reader and a keyboard. However, the plaintiffs alleged they and others who are blind or have significant visual impairments cannot easily read the information listed on the companies’ websites or apps, alleging the companies have designed these online sources in ways that make it difficult for the screen readers they use to navigate and access the information contained on the pages and in the app.
The settlements are confidential. It's not known if they included a commitment for the sites to become accessible.
-=-=-=-=-=- Jayne Cravens Author, The LAST Virtual Volunteering Guidebook
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