In another complaint being investigated by the Department of Justice, posted to their website on 9/21/15, the National System of Higher Education falls short for people that are blind,deaf and hard of hearing, and/or those with learning impairments. How many of these types of suits will it take for them to admit they have a serious issue that cannot be solved with a magic accessibility potion or pill. There needs to be a cultural shift towards compliance and Universities and Community Colleges need to hire qualified people who understand assistive technology as well as what people with disabilities require to be fully included the Higher Education experience.
Excerpt from the complaint:
“The United States files this action against Miami University to enforce Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (“Title II” and “ADA”), 42 U.S.C. §§ 12131-12134, and its implementing regulation, 28 C.F.R Part 35.
Miami University uses technologies in its curricular and co-curricular programs, services, and activities that are inaccessible to qualified individuals with disabilities, including current and former students who have vision, hearing, or learning disabilities. Miami University has failed to make these technologies accessible to such individuals and has otherwise failed to ensure that individuals with disabilities can interact with Miami University’s websites and access course assignments, textbooks, and other curricular and co-curricular materials on an equal basis with non-disabled students. These failures have deprived current and former students and others with disabilities a full and equal opportunity to participate in and benefit from all of Miami University’s educational opportunities.”