Why the Americans with Disabilities Act matters

And the danger lenders face for noncompliance

The Americans with Disabilities Act has enabled several members of my family to participate fully in all aspects of their education and employment and in public accommodations. 

What’s of particular interest and importance is access to public accommodations, including telecommunications, TV, movie theaters and websites. All are fundamentally essential to being able to participate in and enjoy the benefits of life in the 21st century. Imagine, if you will, how different and possibly difficult your life would be if you could not search the internet for information, post a message on social media to your friends or check your bank statement online. 

The U.S. government and the courts have found access to telecommunications, TV, movies and websites all to be public accommodations in that they each are services that are available to the public, and as such, must also be made available to persons with a range of disabilities.

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