In thousands of cases that are testing the limits of the law and cyberspace, businesses are increasingly facing lawsuits that contend their websites aren’t accessible to people who are blind and are in violation of federal disability mandates.
“Blind people want access like everybody else does,” said Michael Powell of Warren, Michigan, who has been visually impaired since birth. “We have screen-reading software, and it doesn’t cost a lot of money to make a website accessible.”
One problem: Virtual, on-screen “click here” buttons.
If you are blind, you can’t see photos or know where to click to indicate a preference or link to another page and often the site isn’t coded so the electronic reader can help you navigate.