Improving Access to Commercial Websites Under the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act

Burks, Courtney L.
November 2013
Iowa Law Review;Nov2013, Vol. 99 Issue 1, p363
Academic Journal
In 1990, Congress enacted the Americans with Disabilities Act ("ADA ")--one of the most comprehensive sets of antidiscrimination laws to date. Title III of the ADA requires private businesses to make reasonable efforts to ensure that disabled individuals are able to access their "place[s] of public accommodation. " However, as the Internet has grown more ubiquitous in Americans' lives, scholars have debated whether a commercial website constitutes a place of public accommodation under Title III Twenty years after Congress enacted the ADA, Congress passed the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act ("CVAA") to help ensure that the disabled community is not left behind as the nation's dependence on web-based technology increases. This Note examines conflicting interpretations of Title III, and how the CVAA may affect the ADA's application to commercial websites. This Note concludes by arguing that a broad definition of "place of public accommodation" is consistent with the history and purpose of the ADA, and because the CVAA does not go far enough in its effort to improve Internet accessibility for the disabled population, federal regulations imposing uniform technical accessibility standards are needed in order to diminish the accessibility barriers to websites that fall within the scope of Title III.


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