The upheaval and disruption created by the COVID-19 pandemic has left some of our most vulnerable, the disabled community, facing increased discrimination and hardship due in part to lack of access to websites and other digital technologies. The pandemic has laid bare the extent of our dependence on technology and the perils faced by those who are unable to access that technology. This Article identifies the regulatory, judicial, and legislative failures to resolve the issue of whether digital technologies are “places of public accommodation” under Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act. It then calls on Congress to enact a new title to the ADA which clearly mandates the removal of barriers to website accessibility, while taking into account the impact on businesses and other entities that may be subject to accessibility requirements.
Lessons from the Pandemic: Congress Must Act to Mandate Digital Accessibility for the Disabled Community,
U. Mich. J. L. Reform
Available at: https://repository.law.umich.edu/mjlr/vol55/iss1/3