Website Accessibility Lawsuits Rising Exponentially In 2023 According To Latest Data

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Website Accessibility Lawsuits Rising Exponentially In 2023 According To Latest Data

Gus Alexiou
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Jun 30, 2023,07:20am EDT

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Web accesibility lawsuits are on the rise in 2023

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Lawsuits against website owners alleged to have breached the Americans with Disabilities Act have increased rapidly during the first half of 2023 across virtually every metric conceivable.

These are the latest findings from a mid-year report authored by UsableNET – a New York-based accessibility solutions company with over two decades of experience helping both large public sector and private organizations make their websites and apps more inclusive and accessible for people with disabilities.

With the emergence of ChatGPT at the end of last year promising to make 2023 the year of AI and automation, one of the most noteworthy findings of UsableNET’s report relates to the use of accessibility widgets and overlays. These are third-party programs that can be added to websites to automatically scan and attempt to [...]

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