Live events sector
One of America’s largest EDM festivals, Ultra Music Festival is being sued for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act. A legally blind activist and Paralympic athlete with cerebral palsy, Juan Carlos Gil, has brought a legal action against the organisation on the grounds that their website and live events are not easily accessible for the visually impaired or those with other disabilities. The law suit is described as a “public motion for greater inclusivity” and Gil’s lawyer, Scott R. Dinin, told reporters:
“All we’re asking [Ultra] to do is recognise [that] this is a very diverse population, to make all their offerings available to all people in that population. We think it’ll make it a better Ultra experience and, obviously, a better Miami” adding “I think the biggest misperception of this law is that people don’t understand that it’s been law for 25 years,” Dinin said. “This same law is a civil rights law”.
Dinin has said that he hopes the festival will feel pressure to adopt measures more sensitive to people with disabilities. He cites Colorado and California concerts he’s attended, which often have sign-language interpreters and other accommodations. He adds that the visually impaired can enjoy music like anyone else
Gil, who has filed more than 70 suits against organizations that offer public services and events.In a case brought by Gil and Dinin against Winn-Dixie supermarkets a federal judge decided the supermarket had violated Title III of the ADA. Gil and Dinin maintained that the supermarket’s website was incompatible with current screen-reader technology (a requirement of Title III) that Gil and many other blind people use to fill prescriptions, download coupons, and find stores near them.
Ultra Music Festival declined to comment on the suit.