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FW: ADA and Internet-based Learning
I don’t know how many of you have seen this settlement but I wanted to highlight a piece concerning contracts and accessibility language… I have extracted out one element from the Exhibit, but you can see the whole thing in settlement URL just below that.
· The University will develop and implement a process to ensure electronic and information technology purchased by the University is accessible, including:
a. Language in all technology contracts requiring contractors to warrant their compliance with WCAG 2.0 AA, to provide accessibility testing results and written documentation verifying accessibility, to promptly respond to and resolve accessibility complaints, and to indemnify and hold the University harmless in the event of claims arising from inaccessibility.
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ADA and Technology Accessibility: Settlement
Agreement Between the United States of America, Louisiana Tech University and the Board of Supervisors for the University of Louisiana System
Complete text (19 pages) of July 12 settlement agreement resolving allegations that Louisiana Tech University violated the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) through use of an internet-based learning application that was inaccessible to a blind student. The settlement agreement, which has a term of five years, requires the university to adopt and disseminate revised policies, including specific reference to the requirement of deploying accessible technology and course content. The required content of such policies is set forth in detail in Exhibit 1 of the agreement, which addresses the purchase, acquisition, development and use of instructional technology or materials accessible to persons who are blind or have other vision disabilities. The Exhibit also requires all new and pre-existing university websites comply with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 level AA (“WCAG 2.0 AA”). Other provisions of the settlement agreement require the university to develop annual training programs for all individuals providing course-related instruction to university students, to all university administrators, and to all incoming students, and prescribe the content of such training. The settlement agreement also requires annual reports to the U.S. Department of Justice regarding the university’s compliance with the settlement agreement. Finally, under the agreement, the student filing the complaint is to be paid $23,543. The agreement states the University disputes the Department’s determinations and admits no liability or wrongdoing. The Department announced the settlement in a July 25 press release.
Margaret H. Knox email@example.com
Chief Information Officer (CIO) (512)322-3774
The University of Texas System
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