August 29, 2013
Details of AudioConference:
Title: “A Clear Standard for Access to Instruction”
Date: Thursday, August 29, 2013
Time: Noon – 1:30 PM (AZ Time)
Location: Highland Commons, B307
Captioning during the audioconference will be available
The UA is committed to an accessible environment for everyone, including individuals with disabilities. With increased recognition across the nation regarding the need for accessible electronic environments, the UA has developed the itAccessibility Program to increase accessibility to University electronic resources for all individuals, including those with disabilities.
On July 23, 2013 the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a settlement agreement with Louisiana Tech University resolving a complaint about inaccessible course material. The press release of this settlement can be found at http://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/2013/July/13-crt-831.html
This is the latest in recent collaborative efforts of regulatory and enforcement agencies as they interpret college campuses' obligations under the ADA - e.g. UC Berkeley, South Carolina Technical College and others.
This audioconference will host a nationally recognized panel of experts as they present important highlights of recent cases, discuss campus obligations for accessibility in online environments and give concrete steps you can take to review, plan and refine your online access policies and delivery methods.
- Anne E. Langford, Attorney, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
- Judith Risch, Attorney, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
- Jo Anne Simon, Attorney, Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University & Private Practice Attorney
Facilitated by L. Scott Lissner, President of the AHEAD & ADA Coordinator, The Ohio State University
In the past months enforcement efforts through litigation and enforcement by the Departments of Justice and Education have created a consistent legal standard for access to instruction mediated by Information and Communications Technology. Our panel members will review these milestones and set the stage for a discussion of how institutions can evaluate and improve their approach to access and compliance.
The panelists encourage you to read the following materials prior to the audioconference. There isn't a PowerPoint slideshow to follow for this audioconference.
Louisiana Tech University (Department of Justice).
- Settlement Agreement: http://www.ada.gov/louisiana-tech.htm
South Carolina Technical College System (Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights)
- Resolution Letter: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/investigations/11116002-a.doc
- Agreement: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/investigations/11116002-b.pdf
University of California, Berkeley (Disability Rights Advocates)
- Settlement: http://dralegal.org/sites/dralegal.org/files/casefiles/settlement-ucb.pdf
- Fact Sheet: http://dralegal.org/sites/dralegal.org/files/casefiles/factsheet_ucb.pdf
Joint Dear Colleague Letter: Electronic Book Readers (Departments of Justice & Education)
- Letter: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/letters/colleague-20100629.html
- Q&A: http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/504-qa-20100629.pdf