Rights of the Visually Impaired

Rights of the Visually Impaired

Disability Independence Group has been involved in several matters involving the rights of the visually impaired. These matters range from the right to have a guide dog to the right to have information conveyed in a format that is effective.  Federal law requires that places of public accommodation and governmental entities maintain their electronic information in an accessible format to ensure that persons with sensory disabilities have equal access to information. People with vision impairments use screen reading software to have access to computer information. Screen reading and internet access have provided access to a universe of information to persons with visual impairments.

Clients of Disability Independence Group are leading the way to requiring public accommodations to provide internet sites readable by a screen readers, obtaining audio voting equipment, and permitting service dogs into facilities.

Groundbreaking Cases

Sheely v. MRI Radiology Network – Visually Impaired woman was permitted to bring her service animal to a imaging facility.

Herrin v. Lamachys Village of Indigo Lakes – Two visually impaired women were not permitted to rent a second floor apartment and successfully sued under the Fair Housing Act.

Troiano v. Supervisor of Elections of Palm Beach – Certified class action of visually impaired voters who sued to have accessible voting machines during the 2002 election.

Blog Articles

Pledger v. SAS Transportation – A man with a guide dog sues a airport transportation company for refusing to provide travel for him and his guide dog.

Fair Housing Reasonable Accommodation – Blind woman evicted from her apartment because she requested a path of travel from her home through the parking lot.




Disclaimer: The facts and circumstances of your case or potential case may differ from the facts and circumstances of the cases appearing on this page.  Each case is different and must be evaluated and handled on its own merit.   The results provided in  above are  not necessarily representative of the results obtained in all cases.