Does your website accommodate those with disabilities? Syndicated columnist Kenneth R. Harney reports on a growing concern within the home-building and realty industry on whether their websites accommodate those with disabilities.

Harney addresses how a Pittsburgh-based law firm, Carlson Lynch Sweet Kilpela & Carpenter, has been sending out “demand letters” saying that the websites of 25 realty and home-building companies are not complying with the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). The lawyers sending out the letters say that sites must have additions for the visually and hearing-impaired and that the vast majority of realty sites do not offer these features. The letters demand that recipients comply with the letter or face hefty fines. Both realty companies and building material dealers have been receiving these letters.

Out of concern the National Association of Realtors has asked the Department of Justice to move forward with the department’s timetable for realizing new guidelines that commercial websites must meet to comply with the disabilities law.

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