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National Council on Disability Releases Report Stating Websites are Covered  by the ADA: ICDRI, Cynthia Waddell, and Cynthia SaysTM Cited as Significant Resources

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7/10/03

 

 

 

 

The National Council on Disability (NCD) says that the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to both commercial and other private web sites.  Today NCD released their report which is a careful and precise analysis of the legal issues pointing out the arguments for both sides.  But based on all authorities, including those opposed to the view that the ADA should apply to e-commerce, the report concludes that the intent of the ADA was to cover entities under ADA Title III. 
 
Among the authorities cited are the works of Cynthia Waddell, ICDRI's Executive Director, as well as resources such as the Access Primer Page by ICDRI; the book, Constructing Accessible Web Sites, co-authored by three ICDRI Board Members; and the educational portal and web accessibility validator, Cynthia SaysTM.  The report is posted online at http://www.ncd.gov/newsroom/publications/adainternet.html.
 
NCD is an independent federal agency making recommendations to the President and Congress on disability policy. NCD First proposed and then drafted the original Americans with Disabilities Act.  Cynthia Waddell, ICDRI's Executive Director, is the author of the first accessible web design standard for government in the US and is a former Americans with Disabilities Act compliance officer.
 
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