Americans With Disabilities Act

ADA Lawsuit Against Florida Legislature Can Be Heard, Court Says

Jan 6, 2020
Legislative leaders made their pitch at the Capitol Wednesday.
Nick Evans / WFSU News

  A federal appeals court Friday cleared the way for a lawsuit that alleges the Florida House and Senate have violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by not providing closed captioning on online videos of legislative meetings.

The ruling by a panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals was a victory for the National Association of the Deaf and South Florida resident Eddie Sierra in the lawsuit filed in 2018. The appeals court upheld a district judge’s refusal to dismiss the case against the House, Senate and Florida State University, which owns the public-broadcasting station WFSU-TV.

Vicky Potter stands beside her wheelchair in front of a large TEDxFSU sign
Courtesy of Vicky Potter / TEDxFSU

Florida State University came under scrutiny when a student began a Twitter thread calling out what she says is a lack of accessibility for disabled students on campus.

Jolted by a “60 Minutes” expose, some Florida lawmakers want to deal with a blizzard of so-called “drive-by” Americans With Disabilities Act lawsuits.