Blake P. Kavanagh
Center on Court Access to Justice for All
Links to related online resources are listed below. Non-digitized publications may
be borrowed from the NCSC Library; call numbers are provided.
Job Accommodation Network.
This compilation sets forth various enforcement activities of the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Disability Rights Section in furthering compliancy by state and local courts with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
General information on ADA compliance with legalities concerning individuals with communication disabilities.
This web site, by the U.S. Department of Justice, Disability Rights Section, provides information and technical assistance on the ADA.
General information on ADA compliance with legalities concerning the visually impaired.
This brief excerpt from "The Americans with Disabilities Act: Title II: Self-Evaluation" focuses on three areas: facility accessibility, facility site accessibility, and general building elements accessibility.
This article discusses how the New Jersey State Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) set out in 1993 to establish a comprehensive program to implement the Americans with Disabilities Act and other applicable disability laws throughout the courts in New Jersey.
Atlanta, Ga.: Georgia Administrative Office of the Court.
This resource is the result of a listserv request initiated by Knowledge and Information Services regarding the ADA efforts of various courts. Some of the efforts mentioned are whether courts have an ADA coordinator, provide training for their employees, and have ready access to accessibility devices. Links to court Web sites concerning ADA efforts and policies are also provided.
This article is a summary of several of the most widely applicable recommendations from the Access Board's report, "Justice for All: Designing Accessible Courthouses."
This paper addresses the issue of what measure courts must take to provide access to disabled citizens. The author reviewes Tennessee v. Lane (2004), where the Supreme Court held that Congress legitimately enabled the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) to create a cause of action against courts that fail to provide reasonable accommodations for disabled citizens.
Access to courts regardless of an individual’s disabilities is a fundamental value of the American justice system, required by federal law. With the explosion of information distributed through technology, courts are rapidly coming under scrutiny to make this technology, including their Web sites, comply with the law or else risk lawsuits.
What makes a website accessible for those with disabilities? This session from the Tenth Court Technology Conference (CTC10) explores both the legal and technological issues all of us face in providing equal access. It contains guidelines for website content accessibility as well as "quick fixes" to make your court's website more accessible. It also includes a legal overview by the Florida Supreme Court's communications counsel, and technological overviews by the Court's webmaster and the webmaster for the Florida Administrative Office of the Courts. The accompanying Powerpoint presentation can be accessed here.
This resource contains the full text of ABA Resolution 108 regarding Web accessibility and contains a special report from the ABA Commission on Mental and Physical Disability Law discussing how you can make your Web site more accessible. It also includes a related article: "Website Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities," by Jonathan Simeone.