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Friday, October 27, 2006

Target the Blind

A Berkeley, California man, Bruce Sexton, is suing Target on behalf of the 1.3 million blind people in the U.S. The National Federation of the Blind is also involved in the lawsuit. It alleges that Target discriminates against the visually impaired by violating state and federal laws that protect the disabled. Sexton claims Target's site does not have the coding that would allow him to listen to discriptions of what is on its pages. Many other websites do have this coding. Target says existing laws only apply to its brick-and-mortar stores and not the Internet. A federal judge has rejected Target's request to dismiss the suit. No court date is set yet. This case is interesting to me because I work at a reading service for the blind and visually impaired. I will keep you posted on further developments.

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