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Illinois companies must make sites accessible for blind, visually impaired, lawsuits say

Illinois companies must make sites accessible for blind, visually impaired, lawsuits say

Three Illinois companies are accused of maintaining websites visually impaired consumers allegedly can't use in an age when online shopping is as important as walking into a store.

A California woman has filed lawsuits against Kmart, Empire Today and Ace Hardware, alleging that running websites and mobile apps that blind and visually impaired people can't read also means denying potential customers products and services, a violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The three retailers named in the suits, filed last week in U.S. District Court in Chicago, join a growing list of big-name companies that have faced similar allegations, including Target, Netflix, and...

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