If your organization provides videos on your website or through a service like YouTube or Vimeo, you may be placing yourself in the crosshairs of a lawsuit. Recently Harvard and MIT were both sued by advocates for the deaf for violating anti-discrimination laws by failing to provide closed-captioning in their online classes, podcasts and other online media. The National Association of the Deaf accused the… Continue Reading Could Your Company’s Videos Get You Sued for ADA Noncompliance?
CIO magazine recently published a great article, "How to Prepare for Web Accessibility Before the Government Forces Your Hand". The piece explains the current landscape regarding web accessibility law and how Section 508 paved the way for web accessibility regulations. While Section 508 applies to government websites, a flurry of lawsuits related to equal access under the ADA (Americans With Disability Act) have recently put… Continue Reading CIO Magazine: Web Accessibility Now – Before the Law Requires It
Louisiana Tech University has become the latest higher education institution to settle with the Justice Department over inaccessible course materials. The settlement is a result of the university using course materials that were inaccessible to blind students, in violation of the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA). Higher ed settlement ensures new accessibility policies The student who initially made the complaint was not able to access… Continue Reading Inaccessible Course Materials Leads to Another Higher Education ADA Settlement
The National Federation for the Blind are leading an effort to pass national accessibility standards for higher education technology. Currently students with vision impairments are responsible for securing their own assistive devices, and these new regulations would help make all required technology accessible to all students. Inaccessible Technology Puts Students at a Disadvantage According to a recent USA Today article, over 63,000 of current college… Continue Reading Higher Ed Technology Bill Would Decrease Barriers
If you're planning to head out to the American Banker's Association Regulatory Compliance Conference in Chicago this weekend, make sure you plan to attend our Power Breakfast session on June 11th. Our session, titled "Digital and Mobile Accessibility: Is Your Bank Prepared?", will be presented by Deque CEO Preety Kumar and Kristina Launey, Partner at Seyfarth Shaw. The presentation will cover everything you need to know… Continue Reading ABA Regulatory Compliance Conference Power Breakfast
Here are some notable accessibility links from around the web this week: Why did Mr. Rogers always make a point of mentioning out loud when he was feeding his fish? - Reddit "BBC Olympics: An Accessibility Case Study" - Alistair Duggin on SlideShare "Overcoming Accessibility Challenges of Web Conferencing" - IBM "Accessibility: Front and Center" - Bruce Maas, CIO of University of Wisconsin-Madison "Making Accessible Icon Buttons" -… Continue Reading Accessibility Round-Up – April 12, 2013