Interesting idea coming out of the US. Websites are \”public accomodations\” which come under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
So you\’ve got to provide wheelchair access just like a restaurant or movie theater.
Can websites be forced to change to accommodate the disabled — by using “simpler language” to appeal to the “intellectually disabled,” or by making them accessible to the blind and deaf at considerable expense?
Generally, the First Amendment gives you the right to choose who to talk to and how, without government interference. There is no obligation to make your message accessible to the whole world, and the government can’t force you to make your speech accessible to everyone, much less appealing to them. The government couldn’t require you to give speeches in English rather than Spanish …
But now, the Obama administration appears to be planning to use the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to force many web sites to either accommodate the disabled, or shut down.
Intellectually disabled is the current euphemism for \”stupid\”*.
Daily Kos will be fine of course but what about everyone else?
*Yes, it is. Misinformed, ill-educated, ignorant, these are not the same thing as stupid. Having a low IQ is, which is indeed a subset of \”intellectually disabled\”.