Did you know blind Internet users enjoy online videos and want access to them? This is just one of the things sighted users are surprised to learn about how people with disabilities live and what online communication makes possible for them, state Internet accessibility proponents like Jonathan Lazar, a professor of computer science at Towson University.
He was interviewed by The Atlantic for an article about the debate whether Netflix, and other online media, should be accessible to the disabled under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). According to the article, the law ensures against discrimination on the basis of disability in “places of public accommodation,” including private businesses (grocery stores, restaurants and hotels) and public areas (schools, parks, libraries). Lazar talked about how accessibility is innovation and that it helps people who don’t have disabilities as well.