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eQuality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Disabilities

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University of Leeds

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This is a free event however registration is required in advance. There will be a reception after the lecture.

In his 2014 book, eQuality: The Struggle for Web Accessibility by Persons with Cognitive Disabilities, published by Cambridge University Press, Professor Blanck examines the right under the Americans with Disabilities Act to web access for people with cognitive disabilities (intellectual and developmental disabilities, autism, traumatic brain injury, and other conditions). Blanck postulated the concept of eQuality as: “Full and equal enjoyment of the web is to have the meaningful and reasonably comparable opportunity to enjoy—access and use— web content, and to not be excluded from that prospect on the basis of cognitive and other disabilities, either by individuals, organizations, or through the design of web technology.” Dr. Blanck’s presentation continues that line of inquiry examining the full and equal enjoyment (accessibility and usability) of web content by people with disabilities. Professor Blanck will consider definitions, legal challenges, and rights that are discussed in his book eQuality, and reflect on new disability law and policy developments in the United States and internationally since eQuality was published.

For Dr. Blanck’s related recent paper, eQuality: Web Accessibility by People with Cognitive Disabilities. Inclusion, 2015, Vol. 3, No. 2, 75–91, 2015, see: http://bbi.syr.edu/about/team/Leadership_Team/Blanck_eQualityWebAccess.pdf.
See also: Peter Blanck. (2016). The First "A" in the ADA: And 25 More "A"s Toward Equality for Americans with Disabilities. Inclusion, Vol. 4, No. 1, 46–51, at: http://bbi.syr.edu/about/team/Leadership_Team/Blanck%202016%20ADA%20Special%20Issue%202%20Inclusion.pdf.


Dr. Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D., is University Professor at Syracuse University, which is the highest faculty rank granted to eight prior individuals in the history of the University. He is Chairman of the Burton Blatt Institute (BBI) at Syracuse University (http://bbi.syr.edu). BBI reaches around the globe in efforts to advance the civic, economic, and social participation of people with disabilities. The institute builds on the legacy of Burton Blatt, a pioneering disability rights scholar in the USA, to better the lives of people with disabilities. BBI has offices in Syracuse, New York, Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia.
Dr. Blanck received a Juris Doctorate from Stanford University, where he was President of the Stanford Law Review, and a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Harvard University. He is an Honorary Professor, at the Centre for Disability Law & Policy, at the National University of Ireland, Galway.
Blanck has written over 200 articles and books on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and related laws. He has received tens of millions of dollars in grants to study disability law and policy. Blanck is co-editor of the Cambridge University Press book series, Disability Law and Policy.
Blanck also is Chairman of the Global Universal Design Commission (GUDC: http://www.globaluniversaldesign.org/), and President of Raising the Floor USA (RtF: http://raisingthefloor.org/). He is a former member of the President's Committee on Employment of People with Disabilities. Prior to teaching, Blanck practiced law at the Washington D.C. firm Covington & Burling, and served as law clerk to the late Honorable Carl McGowan of the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.
In 2015, Dr. Blanck received the Distinguished Service Award from NARRTC (formerly known as the U.S. National Association of Rehabilitation Research and Training Centers), given to individuals who have made inspiring life-time contributions to the field of disability through research, teaching, service, and advocacy.


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1.11
Liberty Building
School of Law
University of Leeds
LS2 9JT

(Please use postcode LS6 1AN for Sat Navs)

The Liberty Building is number 16 on the campus map.


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University of Leeds

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