As the Department of Education investigates GW for alleged disability discrimination based on the accessibility of its websites, officials say they’ve formed a task force to examine the issue.
The complaint, which launched an investigation that began in April, has prompted a federal probe of the University’s policies and procedures regulating online accessibility. Experts said the inquiry may require GW to change how it manages website features so that students with disabilities aren’t put at an academic disadvantage.
On January 18, 2017, the Access Board published a final rule that jointly updates requirements for information and communication technology covered by Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Section 255 of the Communication Act. The Section 508 Standards apply to electronic and information technology procured by the federal government, including computer hardware and software, websites, multimedia such as video, phone systems, and copiers. The Section 255 Guidelines address access to telecommunications products and services, and apply to manufacturers of telecommunication equipment.
The University of California, Berkeley, has announced that it may eliminate free online content rather than comply with a U.S. Justice Department order that it make the content accessible to those with disabilities.
The content in question is all free and is for the general public to use. “The department’s findings do not implicate the accessibility of educational opportunities provided to our enrolled students,” said in a statement on the situation by Cathy Koshland, vice chancellor for undergraduate education.
The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (OCR) today announced that it has reached settlements with education organizations in seven states and one territory to ensure website accessibility for people with disabilities.
OCR had received complaints involving each of the organizations, resulting in investigations. But before OCR had completed its probes, each of the 11 parties expressed interest in resolving their cases voluntarily, resulting in the agreements announced today. The settlements involved: Juneau, Alaska, School District; the Guam Department of Education; Montana School for the Deaf and Blind; Santa Fe, New Mexico, Public Schools; Washoe County, Nevada, School District; The Davidson Academy of Nevada; Nevada Department of Education; Oregon Department of Education; Granite, Utah, School District; Bellingham, Washington, School District; and the Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.
Learn to use online applications for storing, scheduling and sharing information on the web by fully expanding the UH@Google applications available to all UH students, staff and faculty. This series of in-person presentations at the new CDS Building Conference Room will also be available on YouTube Live Streaming and recorded for later viewing.
October 15 Thursday 12-1 pm
Find out about unlimited storage available and how to use the application for sharing large files compared with Dropbox.
October 22 Thursday 12-1 pm
Use the online Calendar application to schedule meetings and events with automated reminders and RSVP features. This application can be shared and set-up for multiple users with features comparable to the online scheduling tool, Doodle.
October 29 Thursday 12-1 pm
Create live and recorded online events for meetings and informational webinars with slide presentations and two Live Chat Video features for small and large audiences. Comparable programs include PowerPoint, Skype, and Blackboard Collaborate.
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Two organizations representing the blind have settled a discrimination lawsuit against Arizona State University over its use of Amazon’s Kindle e-reader device. Arizona State is among several universities testing the $489 Kindle DX, a large-screen model aimed at textbook and newspaper readers.
A national advocacy group filed federal lawsuits against Harvard and MIT on Thursday, accusing the universities of discriminating against people who are deaf and hard of hearing by failing to caption their vastly expanding array of online courses.
Web Accessibility: What it is and Why it is Important to Your UCEDD
Thursday, May 1, 2014, 3:00PM – 4:00PM ET Effective use of the Worldwide Web has become essential to a UCEDD’s ability to broadly and successfully disseminate information and resources. One often overlooked facet of web design is the optimized accessibility of content and site navigation for all users, including those who rely on assistive technology.
Todd Weissenberger, University of Iowa Web Accessibility Coordinator, and Mike Hoenig, a program coordinator at the Center for Disabilities and Development – Iowa UCEDD and an end user of assistive technology, will define Web accessibility from the legal and end user perspective, describe factors which lead to access barriers, define Web accessibility principles, outline the many reasons for incorporating accessibility into your Web design, and share pertinent resources. Ample time will be set aside to address your questions and concerns. Learn more about this Webinar
Media Center Services
The CDS Media Center provides accessible Web design and development services. We also specialize in accessibility assessment, repair and consulting to help you:
Reach the greatest possible audience
Meet accessibility conformance goals and achieve compliance with federal statutes (i.e. Section 508)
The Heartbleed bug, as it has become known, is a weakness in the encryption protocol in OpenSSL—which can expose vast amounts of data including: account usernames and passwords, system information, and more. This bug affects Web servers running OpenSSL—and has been around since the launch of OpenSSL v1.0.1 in March 2012.
Information Technology Services at the University of Hawaii at Manoa has confirmed that this bug affected UH servers running OpenSSL. The full release is available on the ITS Web site: http://www.hawaii.edu/askus/1574.
Additional suggestions for password security are as follows:
Use unique passwords for all of your accounts online.
Use secure passwords consisting of upper and lower case letters, numbers, and special characters
Change your passwords periodically to insure security