In category: Litigation

  Ridesharing platforms such as Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar have the capacity to greatly improve transportation services for blind passengers.  Now, blind people can use a smart phone equipped with text-to-speech to independently summon a driver, learn details such as the name of their dispatched driver, the estimated time of arrival, the amount of their […]

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In category: Negotiations

  A settlement has been proposed in a class action that blind individuals filed against Redbox and its partner retail stores.  The suit alleges that the inaccessible touchscreen interfaces used on the popular Redbox movie rental kiosks exclude blind customers.    Under the terms of the proposed settlement, Redbox will make its kiosks independently accessible […]

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In category: Agreements

      Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act is an often overlooked and underutilized law.  Basically, the law requires that the agencies of the federal executive branch ensure that tax dollars are only spent on electronic information technology (“EIT”) that can be used by disabled people.  Accessible EIT, such as software and websites, can open up […]

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In category: Investigations

  Disability Rights Advocates (“DRA”) and Timothy Elder of TRE Legal Practice are investigating complaints from persons with disabilities who have been denied transportation services by taxi drivers for Uber Technologies, Inc. (“Uber”) in the San Francisco Bay Area or other major urban centers.   Uber is a company based in San Francisco, California that […]

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In category: Collaborations

TRE Legal and the Clark Hunt firm are collaborating with Sidecar and the National Federation of the Blind of Massachusetts (NFBMA) to ensure blind people can enjoy the ridesharing transportation movement.  Ridesharing companies, such as Sidecar, enable passengers to connect with drivers for hire, all from the convenience of an Apple iPhone, iPad, or Android […]

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In category: Collaborations

A press release was recently distributed announcing a collaboration between Square, Inc., and the National Federation of the Blind’s Massachusetts affiliate to enhance the accessibility of Square’s apps for blind users.  The TRE Legal Practice is pleased to have worked with Square and NFBMA to facilitate this collaboration by way of the following Accessibility Initiative […]

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In category: Presentations

Blind people have longstanding legal rights to access government programs, education, employment, public accommodations and other aspects of social life.  The enforcement of these rights in an increasingly technology-dependent world requires that doctors, advocates, educators, administrators and disabled persons learn how the ADA applies in the wake of the Internet and accessible information technology.  Timothy […]

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In category: Litigation

Alongside the Legal Aid Society Employment Law Center of San Francisco, TRE Legal filed a class action complaint in federal court against the Marriott hotel chain for its discriminatory treatment of blind employees and applicants.  The complaint alleges that Marriott discriminates against blind and disabled employees by requiring its managers to use an inaccessible configuration […]

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In category: Collaborations

TRE Legal is working with SCVNGR, the developer of the popular LevelUp mobile payment app, to ensure its app will be accessible to blind persons.  Accessibility of apps on mobile devices is key to ensure disabled people do not end up on the wrong side of the digital divide.  Technology should help more people with […]

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