In the September edition of DR Legal News for managing brokers, John Kauerauf of Sorling Northrup Attorneys shares some good reasons for making REALTOR® websites accessible to people with disabilities.
In Does the Law Require My Website to be Accessible to Those With Disabilities? he says Illinois REALTORS® who want all members of the community to become fully aware of available properties and services can show a good faith effort to enhance their websites.
Kauerauf says it is not clear whether the Americans with Disabilities Act would give a viable claim to Illinois consumers who claim their disabilities prevent full access to a broker’s website because no Illinois court has yet addressed this question. But anticipating that this could be on the legal horizon, he provides 12 guidelines brokers might consider. The guidelines are from the Web Accessibility Initiative of the World Wide Web Consortium.
Read about this topic and more in the September DR Legal News.
D.R. Legal News is published online six times a year in a downloadable PDF format that is emailed to all Illinois REALTOR® members who are the Designated REALTOR® (or D.R.) for their real estate office. Be sure to watch and open all email from “Illinois REALTOR® Communications” or the “Illinois REALTORS®.”