Access Ready covers The First Black Journalist With A Disability In The United States Makes History

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PINELLAS PARK, Fla., July 28, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Access Ready Reporter Issue 28 -The Reporter Newsletter is a service of Access Ready Inc. which is a nonprofit cross disability advocacy organization promoting a policy of inclusion and accessibility across information technology through education and best practices. The Board of Directors of Access Ready has deemed inaccessible information technology to be a clear, growing, and present danger to the civic, economic, and social welfare of people with disabilities.

BIG STORY 
The First Black Journalist with A Disability in The United States Makes History
New Jersey's very own Steven McCoy has made history, knocking down barriers as the first Black journalist that is both blind and deaf. McCoy took to Instagram to thank Hollywood Unlocked for the interview by reposting the picture of being the first Black, blind, and deaf journalist. His caption stated: Thank you @hollywoodunlocked, you guys were great! The disabled journalist has a show called session with Steven and is the founder of Spoken Entertainment, a platform on YouTube to interview people in the media. Read More

BUSINESS ACCESSIBILITY
Uber Commits to Changes and Pays Millions to Resolve Justice Department Lawsuit for Overcharging People with Disabilities
The Department of Justice filed in court today a multi-million-dollar settlement agreement with Uber Technologies Inc. (Uber) to resolve a lawsuit alleging that Uber violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Under the agreement, Uber will offer several million dollars in compensation to more than 65,000 Uber users who were charged discriminatory fees due to disability. Read More

CURRENT LEGAL ACTIONS
Final Approval Granted to $112,500 Juice Company Website Access Class Settlement
A federal judge in California on June 23 granted final approval of a class settlement providing injunctive and monetary relief in a lawsuit accusing a juice company of failing to offer a website accessible to those with visual impairments (Valerie Brooks, et al. v. Pressed Juicery, Inc., et al., No. 19-1687, E.D. Calif.). U.S. Judge Troy L. Nunley of the Eastern District of California wrote in his order that defendant Pressed Juicery Inc. will have 18 months to carrying out the steps outlined in the settlement agreement that will increase accessibility of its website for users with disabilities. Read More

ELECTION ACCESSIBILITY
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Justice Department Secures Agreement with Jefferson County, Kentucky, Officials to Ensure Polling Place Accessibility
The Justice Department has secured an agreement under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) with the Jefferson County, Kentucky, Board of Elections to ensure that the Boards polling places are accessible to individuals with disabilities. The department identified architectural barriers at numerous polling places after it reviewed the Jefferson County Boards voting program for compliance with the ADA. These barriers included inaccessible parking, ramps that were too steep, walkways that had steep cross slopes or had gaps and bumps and voting machines that could not be accessed by voters with mobility disabilities. Read More

GOVERNMENT SPOTLIGHT
Godspeed If You're Forced to Use These Hideous Federal Websites
Anyone who spent any time on the internet in the days pre-Facebook might remember bland, white webpages, tiny font, and links upon links upon links like a black hole slowly sucking you into the great whirlpool expanse of incomprehensible electronic morass. The standards have improved since then, or at least they have for most sites. Government websites have long been notorious for lagging behind the rest of the world in both usability and appearance. Read More

HEALTHCARE ACCESSIBILITY
Many Try to Return to Normal from Covid, But Disabled People Face a Different Reality
Beth Kenny is immunocompromised but found a routine that worked for their family during the pandemic, leaning into safe protocols to protect themselves from COVID-19. Kenny's wife could pick up the groceries, and social distancing measures and vaccines allowed their family to do activities together outside safely. And the precautions helped Kenny's wife safely ride the bus and go to the library with their child without putting their family's health at risk. Read More

TECHNOLOGY SPOTLIGHT  
Top Tech Tidbit July 21 2022. Read More

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