In further proof that web accessibility is becoming more and more of a hot button issue, The National Federation for the Blind is joining with a blind law school applicant in a lawsuit against the Law School Admissions Council. They cite that the council’s web site is inaccessible, including its LSAT preparation materials.
The NFB claims that the site is in violation of the California Disabled Persons Act and the Unruh Act. The Unruh Civil Rights Act “provides protection from discrimination by all business establishments in California, including housing and public accommodations, because of age, ancestry, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, sex and sexual orientation.”1 Screen readers are unable to read various pieces of the site content, and keyboard-driven navigation is spotty.
It ought to be interesting to see how this pans out. I’m guessing a settlement in which the LSAC commits to making its web site and preparation materials more accessible to the disabled is in the future.
Group, Blind Sue Law School Admissions Body For Inaccessible Web Site at AHN
Blind law student sues Law School Admissions Council over accessibility at The National Law Journal
1 Unruh Civil Rights Act (California Civil Code Section 51)