Case: American Cancer Society Accessible Website and Alternative Formats Agreement and Extension Agreement

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Filed Date: 2011

Case Ongoing

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Case Summary

In early 2009, the American Council for the Blind (ACB) notified the American Cancer Society that it believed the Cancer Society websites were insufficiently accessible to blind users and therefore in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Cancer Society accepted the ACB's offer to engage in cooperative structured negotiations rather than litigate the issue in court. On February 14, 2011 the parties entered into a settlement agreement, and the Cancer Society agreed to redevelop i…

In early 2009, the American Council for the Blind (ACB) notified the American Cancer Society that it believed the Cancer Society websites were insufficiently accessible to blind users and therefore in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Cancer Society accepted the ACB's offer to engage in cooperative structured negotiations rather than litigate the issue in court. On February 14, 2011 the parties entered into a settlement agreement, and the Cancer Society agreed to redevelop its website to make it accessible to individuals with visual impairments, by designing to meet guidelines issued by the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium. The Cancer Society also agreed to start an Alternative Format Pilot Program, to make available important cancer information to blind and visually impaired people.

The settlement agreement was set to expire on February 15, 2012. In February 2012 the parties agreed to an extension of the settlement agreement for an additional year, and to expand the set of materials available in Braille, Large Print and Audio Formats.

Summary Authors

Alex Colbert-Taylor (6/14/2013)

People


Attorney for Plaintiff

Dardarian, Linda M. (California)

Attorney for Defendant

Bruno, Michael D (California)

Expert/Monitor/Master/Other

Feingold, Lainey [Elaine] (California)

Attorney for Plaintiff
Attorney for Defendant
Expert/Monitor/Master/Other

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Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

American Cancer Society Accessible Web and Alternative Formats Press Release

American Cancer Society Extension Agreement

Feb. 23, 2011

Feb. 23, 2011

Press Release

American Cancer Society Accessible Website and Alternative Formats Agreement

American Cancer Society Extension Agreement

Feb. 14, 2012

Feb. 14, 2012

Settlement Agreement

Amendment Number One to American Cancer Society Accessible Information Interim Settlement Agreement

American Cancer Society: Extension to Settlement Agreement

Feb. 15, 2012

Feb. 15, 2012

Settlement Agreement

Resources

Docket

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Case Details

State / Territory: Georgia

Case Type(s):

Disability Rights

Key Dates

Filing Date: 2011

Case Ongoing: Yes

Plaintiffs

Plaintiff Description:

American Council for the Blind

Plaintiff Type(s):

Private Plaintiff

Attorney Organizations:

Law Office of Lainey Feingold

Public Interest Lawyer: Yes

Filed Pro Se: No

Class Action Sought: No

Class Action Outcome: Not sought

Defendants

The American Cancer Society (Atlanta), Private Entity/Person

Case Details

Causes of Action:

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12111 et seq.

Special Case Type(s):

Out-of-court

Available Documents:

Injunctive (or Injunctive-like) Relief

Outcome

Prevailing Party: Plaintiff

Nature of Relief:

Injunction / Injunctive-like Settlement

Source of Relief:

Settlement

Content of Injunction:

Reasonable Accommodation

Discrimination Prohibition

Develop anti-discrimination policy

Order Duration: 2011 - 2013

Issues

General/Misc.:

Website

Disability and Disability Rights:

Reasonable Accommodations

Reasonable Modifications

Screen readers and similar accessibility devices

Visual impairment

Discrimination Basis:

Disability (inc. reasonable accommodations)

Discrimination Area:

Disparate Impact