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Mercer Law Review

Disability Law

2004

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The Americans With Disabilities Act In Cyberspace: Annlving The "Nexus" Approach To Private Internet Websites, Richard E. Moberly May 2004

The Americans With Disabilities Act In Cyberspace: Annlving The "Nexus" Approach To Private Internet Websites, Richard E. Moberly

Mercer Law Review

In recent years, the increasing importance of the Internet has drawn attention to the exclusion of certain parts of society from participating fully in the advantages brought about by the Internet's technological advances. This "digital divide," as some have labeled it, particularly excludes some individuals with disabilities, such as those with visual, auditory, or muscular impairments, who are unable to access many features of today's Internet. Although private efforts encourage websites to adopt voluntary standards to make the Internet more accessible to these individuals, no clear governmental directive specifically aimed at privately-owned websites currently requires broad accessibility for the disabled. …