College Successfully Defends Inaccessibility Claims

North America

A higher education institution defended claims that it failed to provide auxiliary aids necessary to enable a student with a disability to access educational benefits. 

Faegre Baker Daniels defended the college against the claims, which were brought by a visually impaired student under the Americans with Disabilities Act and § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. The student claimed that the college’s website and web-based learning materials that were necessary to access classroom and library materials were inaccessible to the visually impaired. 

In addition to this matter, FaegreBD has represented and advised numerous higher education institutions about website accessibility for students with disabilities. This includes defending colleges and universities against complaints filed with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) alleging that websites are inaccessible to individuals with disabilities, managing OCR requests, representing colleges and universities in witness testimony, and negotiating with the OCR on website accessibility standards and modifications.

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