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Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer who works primarily with the blind and visually impaired community on technology and information access issues. She is nationally recognized for negotiating landmark accessibility agreements and for pioneering the collaborative advocacy and dispute resolution method known as Structured Negotiations. To learn more, please visit the about page.

In 2014 Lainey was honored with a California Lawyer of the Year award.

The most recent information posted on this website appears in the Recent News on this page. Earlier entries can be found by visiting the categories and archives pages, or by using the search feature.

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Digital Accessibility Legal Update (December 2014)

tool box This post is about recent legal developments in the United States impacting technology and information access for people with disabilities. It contains developments ocurring between July 16 and December 15, 2014 and is part of an occasional series. The series is illustrated by a toolbox — because law has proven an effective tool in improving the accessibility and usability of digital content, print information and technology for everyone. There are many ways to use the law, reflected by the many tools in the toolbox.

Accessibility Matters in the Battle of Mobile Payment Systems

smart phone credit card scannerThis is a post about mobile payment systems and the need for them to be accessible to everyone, including people with disabilities. Apple pay, CurrentC, Square and the rest work with mobile applications. Those applications must be developed and implemented with accessibility features. If not, developers and retailers run afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act and other federal and state laws.

Note to Retailers: Chip and Pin Upgrades Must Include Real Keypads

credit card machineThis is a post about point of sale devices that work with new chip and pin payment cards. Retailers will be upgrading devices in 2015 to accept the chip and pin cards. Those devices must have tactile keypads so blind people do not have to disclose their PIN.

Talking ATMs – Fifteen Years of Accessible Banking

ATM headphone jack and signOctober 1, 2014 marks the fifteenth anniversary of the first Talking ATM in the United States. On this day in 1999 San Francisco unveiled the first accessible ATM in this country. Since then tens of thousands of Talking ATMs have been installed. Congratulations advocates!

Buying a Bitcoin ATM? Make Sure it’s Accessible

bit coinBitcoin ATMs are all the rage. But are they accessible to people with disabilities? The Americans with Disabilities Act requires that every ATM be fully available to people with disabilities. Bitcoin may be the currency of the future, but its infrastructure is being built today. Let’s make sure it is accessible to everyone.

Talking Prescription Labels Update – Summer 2014

prescription bottlesThree national pharmacy chains in the United States now offer talking prescription information for blind customers. This post has information about the Walmart, Walgreens and CVS accessible prescription initiatives. Please help us spread the word about the leadership role these companies have taken in making sure blind pharmacy customers can privately and independently access information about their prescription medications.

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