Wednesday, October 5, 2016

DOJ vs. UC Berkeley: Forcing Online Content to Be Accessible - TANYA ROSCORLA, Center for Digital Education

On Aug. 30, Rebecca B. Bond, the chief of the disability rights section of the U.S. Department of Justice's Civil Rights Division, sent a 10-page letter to Chancellor Nicholas B. Dirks and campus counsel representatives that laid out the conclusion of a Title II Americans with Disability Act investigation. In October 2014 the U.S. Department of Justice on behalf of the National Association of the Deaf. This complaint said deaf or hard-of-hearing individuals could not access UC Berkeley's audio and video content that is available to the public online at no cost. Title II of the act prohibits public entities including colleges and universities from excluding or denying the benefit of their programs, goods or services to people with disabilities. The U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Education Department both have authority to enforce this law through their civil rights' divisions, and they have filed at least 15 lawsuits since 2003 against colleges that don't comply. http://www.centerdigitaled.com/higher-ed/Web-Accessibility-Investigation-Higher-Ed.html

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