Disabled rights roundup

by Walter Olson on May 6, 2013

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1 Bob Lipton 05.06.13 at 6:43 am

Is Overlawyered wheelchair accessible?


2 Dave Anthony 05.06.13 at 9:19 am

Federal contractors are *experts* at fulfilling whatever BS requirements the government puts on contracts. Need more disabled employees? They’ll make sure every person with any potential condition gets declared as disabled. Didn’t alcoholism get ruled as a disability recently? Maybe a lot of federal contractors will end up with a lot of “alcoholics” on their payroll.

3 C Hill 05.06.13 at 11:04 am

With legal constructs like ADA, to name one, government has become the ultimate mitigator of life, the country’s super-parent. They have created a belief in entitlements for some individuals and resentment and/or disregard in others, as every mis-fortune becomes the legal responsibility of other citizens.

I’ve always wondered why being a lawyer is not a disqualification for legislative office, especially at the federal and state levels, since letting lawyers be in the position of creating the raw materials of their own profession seems to be such an obvious conflict of interest. (Obviously, I’m not a lawyer, just another confused, frustrated, over-taxed, under-represented, worried citizen.)

4 Robert 05.06.13 at 8:12 pm

So someone’s part-time-home-business website can be liable for not being accessible?

I’m sure nearly everyone with a website will get a demand letter and and offer to settle quickly. This won’t end well.

5 Richard Nieporent 05.06.13 at 11:09 pm

Mr. Smith also advises companies to ensure that people with motor disabilities can navigate websites without the use of a mouse, and to use plain language and a strong design to aid people with cognitive or intellectual disabilities.

Be careful, Walter. If the Justice Department gets its way, you can be sued for using multi-syllable words.

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