Saturday, June 18, 2005

What's up

Posting has languished here I admit lately. That's because I have been getting ready for a family vacation. We're headed to Washington DC and New York City. Of course I'll be keeping my eyes out for accessibility insights to share when we get back.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

The real ship verdict still out

The Supreme Court ruled the right way in the access on cruise ships case. At least as right as any ADA ruling can get. The supremes said the ADA does apply to cruise ships operating in US waters, even if they are foreign flagged. Of course because of the vagaries of the ADA, that doesn’t mean ships will be compelled to retrofit older vessels. But it should at least mean something for new ones, one would hope. The decision was a close one, 5-4. The disabled passengers who filed the suit can now go to court to prove discrimination. I wish them well. Scott Rains' perspective is here. Candy Harrington’s here. The consensus seems to be that this is a lukewarm victory at best.