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National Federation of the Blind v. America Online

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Citation Edit

National Federation of the Blind v. America Online (Nov. 2, 1999).

Overview Edit

On November 2, 1999, the National Federation of the Blind (NFB) filed a complaint against America Online (AOL),alleging that AOL violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. NFB and other blind plaintiffs stated that they could only independently use computers by concurrently running screen access software programs for the blind that convert visual information into synthesized speech or braille.

They alleged that AOL had designed its service so that it is incompatible with screen access software programs for the blind, failing "to remove communications barriers presented by its designs thus denying the blind independent access to this service, in violation of Title III of the ADA, 42 U.S.C. §12181, et seq."

The case was settled on July 26, 2000.

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