I just wrote this post for the Knight Digital Media Center at USC:
It was sparked by a new Pew report on problems that people with disabilities have with accessing the net. I found a couple of interesting twists.
1st: US DOJ has proposed new ADA regs for web sites, including “public accommodations” (hm, could include news sites?)
2nd: Making a site mobile-friendly goes a long way toward making it more accessible.
This subject is near and dear to my heart since one of my best friends, who is mostly blind, has faced significant struggles in getting access to services, information, education, and opportunities online and elsewhere. That has definitely hurt not only his quality of life, but his health. And he’s fairly tech-savvy! This is a problem that needs to be solved, and going mobile-friendly is one main way to start.