Domino’s v. Disability

In 2016, Guillermo Robles, a visually impaired man, sued Domino’s Pizza because their website and app were not compatible with screen-reading software, making online delivery impossible. Robles’s lawyers argued that this violated the American Disability Act (ADA), which requires that “places of public accommodation” be accessible. After the case was initially dismissed by a district court because of a lack of Justice Department guidelines, a federal appeals court ruled in Robles’s favor.

Now Domino’s is appealing the decision, asking the Supreme Court to decide that it does not have a legal obligation to follow the ADA online. The case pits a company defined by delivery against the very customers who need it most.

Illustration for article titled Domino's Could Fuck Up the Internet for People With Disabilities Because They Won't Just Fix Their Website

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At stake is the future of user experience. If courts decide that the American Disability Act extends to the internet, then designers may be legally required to accommodate all users on all projects that accommodate the public.

See the full Gizmodo article here.

Samsung’s app for users who can no longer read, write or speak

Aphasia is a disorder usually caused by brain injury or disease whose effects can include losing the ability to read, write and speak. Aphasic patients can still comprehend visual cues like symbols, gestures and facial expressions, and written language aside, are able to fully function and communicate.

By mapping series of emojis to everyday human actions and needs, Samsung’s Wemogee app provides a visual interface for aphasic patients to communicate with friends and family. Aphasic users enter emojis into Wemogee, the app translates the visual entries into sentences for their friends and family, and vice versa, helping bridge their gaps in expression and communication.

It is still all too common for websites and apps to consider accessibility and special needs as an afterthought. It’s especially refreshing to see an app created to help a specific group of humans who would normally be ignored in these spaces.

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If you could read my mind, love, what a tale my thoughts could tell…

Using a device which detects patterns in brain activity, patients paralysed by ALS can answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – and tell doctors they are ‘happy’ with life.

During the sessions, the patients wore a cap that uses infrared light to spot variations in blood flow in different regions of the brain. As they answered the questions, a computer hooked up to the cap learned to distinguish the blood flow patterns for “yes” and “no” in each patient.

For his next project, Birbaumer wants to build a system that allows patients to communicate more proactively, rather than simply answer questions.

Brain Activity

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Bless technology. When it’s used for good it’s so good. But when I read this the first thing I thought about was how companies would try to use the technology for profit – i.e. hijacking customer brainwaves to make them an offer their rationale selves can’t refuse. Just a reminder that we need to keep our values with us as we make choices on behalf of customers.