Lawsuits over making websites more accessible for disabled

disabled websiteA number of websites are facing lawsuits that claim the sites aren’t easily accessible for disabled users. For example, Vox and The Hollywood Reporter say that Beyonce was sued in January over her website being inaccessible because it has a “purely visual interface.” As you may know, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires websites to be more accessible and consider those which aren’t in violation of the civil rights of disabled users because they limit communication and participation in society. The National Associations of the Deaf has also sued Netflix, by not providing equal access to its “watch instantly” streaming video. You might think the problem would be getting better with awareness, but Vox reports it’s only getting worse. 

Disabled senior swindled out of savings by son

disabilityAn 81-year-old disabled senior is seeking advice after signing over his life savings to his son, who he says is refusing to return the money. In a letter to The Moneyist at Marketwatch, the man says he financially supported his son, an artist, for years after raising him alone following a divorce. The disabled parent had planned to move into a long-term care facility, and his son advised him to place his savings in the son’s name for protection. However, after the father’s plans changed, he says his son is refusing to transfer his savings back into his name. What kind of advice would you offer the senior? Read more about the dilemma at Marketwatch. 

Helping young disabled people transition into adulthood

A new program in the South Side of Chicago is helping young disabled students make the often-difficult transition into living independently as an adult. Politico Magazine describes it as sort of a community college for special education students. Southside Occupational Academy was created to help students with intellectual and developmental disabilities prepare for living on their own and possibly getting a job. Read more about this unique school in this article at Politico Magazine.