A Clear Standard for Access to Instruction

August 27, 2013 at 9:54 am

Are you familiar with the recent litigation regarding curricular access, including complaints specifically targeting South Carolina postsecondary institutions?

Did you see the articles this summer in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Education?  (links provided below)

What IS the university’s responsibility to make course materials, websites, and course management software readily accessible to all students?

 Join us for the AHEAD (Association on Higher Education and Disability) audioconference “A Clear Standard for Access to Instruction” on Thursday, August 29, from 3:00 – 4:30 pm in the ‘Quiet Room’ of the cafeteria. Beverages, fresh fruit, and desserts will be available to attendees.  Please let me know if you plan to attend so we can plan accordingly with food and beverages – we hope to see you there!

 Facilitated by L. Scott Lissner, President of AHEAD and ADA Coordinator for The Ohio State University, the following panel members will present:

 Anne E. Langford, Attorney, Disability Rights Section, Civil Rights Division, US Dept of Justice

  • Judith Risch, Attorney, Office for Civil Rights, US Department of Education
  • Jo Anne Simon, Attorney, Adjunct Professor of Law, Fordham University & Private Practice Attorney


There will be an opportunity for participants to ask questions of the presenters towards the end of the audioconference.

 The panelists encourage participants to access the following materials related to the event:

 Dept. of Justice vs. Louisiana Tech University: 

Settlement agreement:  http://www.ada.gov/louisiana-tech.htm


Office for Civil Rights vs. South Carolina Technical College System:

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

Disability Rights Advocates vs. University of California Berkeley:

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

Accessible Instructional Materials Commission Report:

WEBAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind): http://webaim.org/

“Audiobooks Aren’t Enough: Settlements Put Colleges’ Duty To Ensure Blind Students Access to Materials Under New Scrutiny”


The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 8, 2013

“In Settlement with Disabilities Group, Berkeley Will Improve Access to Course Materials”


RSVP to Margaret Camp, director of disability services, at ext. 5199 or  mcamp@uscupstate.edu