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Officials examine website accessibility amid federal disability investigation

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 […]

US Access Board Issues Final Standards and Guidelines for Section 508

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, […]

University May Remove Online Content to Avoid Disability Law

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 […]

Settlements Reached in Seven States, One Territory to Ensure Website Accessibility for People with Disabilities

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 […]

CDS Technology Presentation Series

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.

Kindle E-Reader Discrimination Lawsuit Settled

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. Read the full article

AUCD Hosts Webinar on Web Accessibility

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.

Heartbleed Bug Exposes Weakness in OpenSSL

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.