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Re: NAD v. Netflix: "This is a bad ruling. Really terrible."


From: Karen Mardahl
Date: Jun 27, 2012 8:46AM

OMG, Sarah. It gets even worse in the comments. "Costs imposed by disabled
people", for example!!!

Fortunately, there are a few sane souls who are commenting.

One of them wrote "The ADA is one of the things that separates a
civilization from barbarism."

And then there is "And it's not like this is a shrinking market: Baby
Boomers are turning on the captions in ever-larger numbers, as their
hearing fades. The deaf have nothing on the AARP when it comes to throwing
their political weight around." I had to cackle at that one, at the vision
of the AARP showing up on the scene like a member of The Avengers. The AARP
can be a figure in a turbo-charge wheelchair that can also fly. It'll be
accompanied by a service dog (who can also fly, of course) equipped with
various tools developed in secret by the new Q at James Bond's headquarters.

OK I got a bit carried away there... I needed the comic relief.

Regards, Karen Mardahl

On Wed, Jun 27, 2012 at 4:16 PM, Bourne, Sarah (ITD) <
<EMAIL REMOVED> > wrote:

> "If websites must comply with the ADA, all hell will break loose." I am
> sitting here stunned after reading a post in today's arstechnica: "Will the
> Americans with Disabilities Act tear a hole in Internet law?" Apparently
> civil rights are not as important as protecting companies from having to
> make changes to their websites. And the misinformation! (Now rendered
> speechless...)
> http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2012/06/will-the-americans-with-disabilities-act-tear-a-hole-in-internet-law/
> Sarah E. Bourne
> Director of Assistive Technology &
> Mass.Gov Chief Technology Strategist
> Information Technology Division
> Commonwealth of Massachusetts
> 1 Ashburton Pl. rm 1601 Boston MA 02108
> 617-626-4502
> http://www.mass.gov/itd