Educational Institutions And Website Accessibility
Development in education online continues to grow more and more. Accessing information like reading e-books and taking classes online continues to be at the forefront of how we learn.
Many school districts across the country are starting to adopt policies of posting grades and school notices online.
Some of these schools may not have any disabled students, but if you are a disabled parent, and cannot stay updated on your child’s grades or the latest school events, it creates an unfair problem in communication.
The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights
Since 2011, The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights has made it clear to colleges and school districts, across the country, what their accessibility obligations are.
The OCR has opened 227 investigations into online accessibility at schools across the board. It is expected for all schools in the U.S to have fully accessible websites and programs.
Many Schools Are at Risk
Many schools will at one stage receive a demand letter from a plaintiff’s attorney who feels otherwise.
While it might be hard to envisage how to solve this issue, you do need to act upon it. If you receive a demand letter, it might be to claim that your organization is in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). That’s a serious allegation.
Since a website can be considered a place of public accommodation, you need to achieve the levels and standards expected. If you would like to know more of the kind of changes that you may need to make, then the DOJ often refers to the World Wide Web Consortium’ Web Content Accessibility Guidelines.