Government May Require Some Websites To Accommodate Deaf, Blind Users

Feds are considering expansions to the Americans with Disabilities Act that could lead to the online equivalent of sidewalk ramps and wide, arm rail-equipped toilet stalls. Law updates could require certain sites that offer goods and services to make changes that allow those with disabilities to use them.

The AP reports Justice Department hearings that could yield the updates start Thursday in Chicago. Changes could go into effect in 2012.

The story says updates, such as adding features that read information to users, could cost industries hundreds of millions of dollars.

What changes do you think are reasonable accommodations for the disabled, and which sites should be exempt?

Government wants to update ADA for cyberspace [AP]