US Access Board News for March/April 2019

Access Currents News from the U.S. Access Board  •  March/ April 2019 Access Board to Hold Town Hall Meeting and Training in Indianapolis on May 21 Karen Tamley Elected Access Board Chair Upcoming Board Webinars Poland Creates Entity Modeled after the U.S. Access Board Congressional Measures Address Airline Accessibility Guidelines for Voting Systems Available for Public Comment Updated… Read More »

Accessibility – Philadelphia Bans Cashless Stores

Reprinted from Kiosk Industry Full article as originally published on NPR.org Philadelphia just became the first large city in the nation to ban cashless businesses in the city, in part to protect people like some construction workers who don’t have a bank or credit card. Nearly 13 percent of Philadelphia’s population — close to 200,000 people — are unbanked, according… Read More »

Lawsuits targeting business websites over ADA violations on the rise

Originally published on LA Times The boutique Avanti Hotel is known for its poolside, dog-friendly rooms. Yet its website uses the valuable opening page not to highlight the Palm Springs inn’s amenities, but to explain, in stark black letters on a plain white background, that the Avanti violated the Americans with Disabilities Act. Like thousands of other businesses… Read More »

A Smart City Is an Accessible City

Originally published on The Atlantic A new breed of accessibility apps can make life easier for people with disabilities. They can also make it harder. Excerpt: A group gathers on a Nashville street corner, some rolling in wheelchairs and others walking. They have arrived holding their smartphones and make friendly chatter while a coordinator helps them log in… Read More »

ADA Committee Chairpersons for KMA Announced

Kiosk Manufacturer Association with ADA, NRF, and Emergency Kiosk updates EASTLAKE, Colo., Oct. 8, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The Kiosk Manufacturer Association (aka KMA) is pleased to announce the appointments of inaugural Chairpersons for the ADA and Accessibility Committee. Laura Miller of KioWare (https://kioware.com) and Randy Amundson of Frank Mayer, Inc. (https://frankmayer.com) have been named as Co-Chairperson for the ADA and Accessibility Committee. Both Laura… Read More »

Whitepaper – Voice Recognition Speech Command Assistive Interface

The Use of Voice Recognition and Speech Command Technology as an Assistive Interface for ICT in Public Spaces. A whitepaper published by Peter W Jarvis (Senior Executive VP, Storm Interface) and Nicky Shaw (Operations Manager North America). September 2018. Introduction. The emergence and increasing use of smart speakers (AI) in the home environment has delivered significant benefits for… Read More »

Website ADA – QSR website access suits surge

By Brian Cole/Employment litigation lawyer  Over the past year, the number of website disability access lawsuits has surged across all industries, but the problem is particularly intense in the food service industry and QSR sector suits are well represented. In short, being in this business today means knowing the law and its requirements when it comes to website… Read More »

Android Kiosk Software Supports ADA Assistive

NEW to KioWare for Android – Support Added for Storm Assistive Technology Products “Accessibility should be a strong consideration for any kiosk deployment. With this release, both KioWare for Windows and KioWare for Android support the heavily tested and well-respected Storm ATP suite of keypads, keyboards & other accessibility products.”  ~ Laura Miller of KioWare. KioWare has released… Read More »

News from the U.S. Access Board – May/ June 2018

Access Currents  News from the U.S. Access Board  •  May/ June 2018 Access Board Holds Town Hall Meeting in Phoenix Board to Host Information Meeting on Assembly Areas September 6 Bill Botten Named Board’s Coordinator of Training and Technical Assistance Upcoming Board Webinars Next Access Board Meeting to Take Place July 11 DOJ Rules for Movie Theater Captioning and Audio… Read More »

Accessibility ADA Committee Formed by Kiosk Manufacturers

KIOSK ADA COMMITTEE & WORKING GROUP Kiosk Accessibility & Kiosk ADA Committee & ADA Working Group Meeting with US Access Board – from right – David C., Mike James, Peter and then a bit of Laura (behind Peter) To assist in formulating some agreed upon kiosk accessibility guidelines and understandings, and also to communicate those guidelines to the… Read More »