PJC In The News

Bill seeks to make websites accessible to hearing-and visually-impaired

by Steve Lash, Maryland Daily Record

Published: February 15th, 2012 
ANNAPOLIS — Civil-rights and business groups battled Wednesday over legislation that would require many restaurants, theaters and other entities in Maryland to make their websites accessible to the hearing- and visually-impaired.
The rights organizations called the measure necessary in an era when so many business announcements — including product discounts and employment opportunities — are posted on line. But the business groups countered that the requirement would be too expensive for small businesses, especially in a troubled economy.
The Public Justice Center, which provides legal assistance to low-income civil plaintiffs, stated that SB 278 would bring Maryland “civil rights law in step with significant changes in the commercial sector, which has rapidly transitioned from bricks-and-mortar to clicks-and mortar business.”

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