ADOTAS – To hail the 20th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA), the White House is holding an commemorating event this afternoon. The Obama administration is the first to name a presidential adviser on disability policy Kareem Dale, who is legally blind and has been sharing his thoughts on helping the disabled with the president for several years.
In an interview with The Washington Post, Dale discusses how advances in technology, particularly the Internet, have illustrated that the ADA needs to be updated for the times. On Friday, he notes, the Justice Department announced proposed rulemaking for applying the ADA to the web.
Dale also contributes an essay for Yahoo’s recently launched accessibility blog, which the company’s Accessibility Team created to “reflect the experiences of individuals with disabilities, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact.”
Yahoo is on top of enhancing its Internet experience for the disabled, including the Yahoo Search and Homepage. And hey, disabled people are consumers too, so Yahoo has made its house display ads for its search product accessible for the hearing and visually impaired. In addition, Yahoo is serving an accessible display ad on its homepage from Warner Brothers for the DVD launch of its film “Clash of the Titans.”
Also check out Yahoo Events coverage of the 20th anniversary of the ADA, which features news on technology increasing accessibility for the disabled, a history and overview of the ADA, biographies of famous disabled people and more.