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posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 07:35 PM
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Should the A.D.A. cover the internet domain?




The Americans with Disabilities Act:
Application to the Internet

This is where you can read more.
www.nacua.org...


However, the ADA, enacted on July 26, 1990, prior to widespread use of the Internet, does not specifically cover the Internet, and the issue of coverage has not been definitively resolved. The Supreme Court has not addressed this issue, although there are some lower court decisions. The cases that directly discuss the ADA’s application to the Internet vary in their conclusions about coverage. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) did not specifically mention Internet accessibility, but did include the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act as part of P.L. 111-5, and also directed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to develop a national broadband plan. The FCC released its plan on March 16, 2010. .


I have been reading that they have had legislation pertaining to this being introduced into the current language. Since the inception of the Americans Disability Act, the internet was not addressed as an issue for disabilities. I am handicapped with a severe nerve condition that limits the use of my right hand and is starting to affect my left hand, also. This makes it difficult for me to type or use the mouse. I have a voice recognition program on my computer that I am going to start trying to use, but what about those without that capability?
I feel that all websites that are being used for the public domain as well as any that are business related should have to meet the guidelines intent. When this act was first instituted the internet was a baby; obviously that is not the case anymore.

I ask you…should this be applied to the internet? Should web sites be required to allow video comments in place of written comments? Any business dealing with the public is required by law to be accessible for disabled people or people with handicaps…braille, handrails, wider doors…etc. Why shouldn’t this standard apply to the internet? Would you feel discriminated against if you were restricted by policies put forth on a web site that uses the public domain as a way to do business? I know I do.


Ascension211
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posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 07:41 PM
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I'm sure that you understand what you are talking about......How about letting the rest of us know without us having to download a .PDF file?



posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 07:45 PM
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NO. Absolutely not! Whenever you ask the government to get involved in something they ruin it. Also, what exactly are you asking for? Your operating system has accessibility features built-in. There is hardware that allows you to talk to your computer, tracks eye movement to control an on-screen keyboard, and so on.

What good could possibly come from government intervention in any way regarding the internet? None. That's what. People with handicaps and those who represent them should cry out to the companies that develop these accessibility features. Then, perhaps get their benefits to pay for the hardware/software which would facilitate their accessing the internet.

I shudder at the mere thought of it. ugh.



posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 07:57 PM
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Originally posted by OccamAssassin
I'm sure that you understand what you are talking about......How about letting the rest of us know without us having to download a .PDF file?



14 pages involved...gave enough information and stated an opinion...very simple question




I ask you…should this be applied to the internet? Should web sites be required to allow video comments in place of written comments? Any business dealing with the public is required by law to be accessible for disabled people or people with handicaps…braille, handrails, wider doors…etc. Why shouldn’t this standard apply to the internet? Would you feel discriminated against if you were restricted by policies put forth on a web site that uses the public domain as a way to do business? I know I do.
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posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 07:59 PM
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Originally posted by Deemo Diablo
NO. Absolutely not! Whenever you ask the government to get involved in something they ruin it. Also, what exactly are you asking for? Your operating system has accessibility features built-in. There is hardware that allows you to talk to your computer, tracks eye movement to control an on-screen keyboard, and so on.

What good could possibly come from government intervention in any way regarding the internet? None. That's what. People with handicaps and those who represent them should cry out to the companies that develop these accessibility features. Then, perhaps get their benefits to pay for the hardware/software which would facilitate their accessing the internet.

I shudder at the mere thought of it. ugh.


You must not have a disability...


but what about those without that capability?



posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 08:11 PM
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14 pages involved...gave enough information and stated an opinion...very simple question


What is the ADA policy?

What does it mean?

What should web-masters be doing?



posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 08:23 PM
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You asked, I answered. What more do you want? Does it matter whether or not I have a disability? Perhaps I do. Perhaps I have to go back and delete frequently because my Tourette's makes me pound on my keyboard when I'm typing. Perhaps I have to replace my keyboards often. Do I think the government should help me? Hell no.

Those without the capability to go on the internet? What about them? What specific disability keeps someone off the internet, given the vast amount of technology available with which to connect them, that you could possibly want the "owner" of the internet to provide?

It doesn't work like that buddy. Government intervention is a bad thing. Period.

I'm not saying screw the disabled. What I am saying is that you're barking up the wrong tree when it comes to that sort of thing. Go after the companies, don't ask daddy to fight your battles.

Also, I don't appreciate someone who criticizes another for an opinion they asked for. I won't bother next time.



posted on Nov, 19 2012 @ 08:46 PM
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I agree with Deemo Diablo--though perhaps a bit more diplomatically.

First: Inviting the US Government, or, for that matter, any other government to get involved in the something/anything is like inviting a camel to stick its nose in your tent: Pretty soon it's no longer your tent.

Second: This is not the type of technical problem those who "operate" the Internet are responsible for. It's far outside of their scope, and bringing the "government" or any department of the government to bear on it is just asking for excessive control, regulation, and censorship.

The problem, if there is one, is rightfully the domain of hardware manufacturers and software purveyors....
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posted on Nov, 20 2012 @ 07:52 PM
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Originally posted by OccamAssassin


14 pages involved...gave enough information and stated an opinion...very simple question


What is the ADA policy?

What does it mean?

What should web-masters be doing?










Any business dealing with the public is required by law to be accessible for disabled people or people with handicaps…braille, handrails, wider doors…etc. Why shouldn’t this standard apply to the internet?





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