The university will have to remove free online content that doesn't meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Harrison Bergeron should enroll at the University of California-Berkeley. The federal Department of Justice recently informed the university that the online content it makes available to the public free of charge runs afoul of the Americans with Disabilities Act—blind and deaf people wouldn't be able to access it, according to the government.
In response, Berkeley is considering simply removing the online resources, since that's much cheaper than becoming ADA compliant.
You might say, well, Berkeley is a public university, and has a responsibility to make its resources available to all students, regardless of their disability status. That's true. But here's the thing: no Berkeley student has complained. The online courses have proven to be perfectly accessible to the entire student body thus far.
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Daily News - Philly.com
December 10, 2015
AS A deaf employee, Michael MacDonald can do his work as a package handler at the United Parcel Service facility at Philadelphia International Airport without assistance.
But when it comes to employee meetings and to understanding certain things - such as safety and emergency procedures, company policies and procedures, and some other workplace communications - he needs an American Sign Language interpreter.
Federal law - the Americans with Disabilities Act - "requires employers to provide reasonable accommodations to otherwise qualified individuals with disabilities so that they can enjoy equal employment opportunities and participate fully in the workplace," said Julie Foster, an attorney at the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, which filed a lawsuit on MacDonald's behalf.
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By Judy Greenwald
Aug. 31, 2015
An appeals court has reinstated discrimination claims filed against a hospital by the deaf parents of a child with a brain tumor, who claimed the hospital failed to provide deaf interpreters for them for most of the time they needed it.
The four-month old daughter of Rolando and Miriam Perez was diagnosed with a brain tumor that required monthly treatment in January 2011, according to Friday's ruling by the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans in Rolando Perez; Miriam Perez v. Doctors Hospital at Renaissance Ltd.
Ms. Perez is completely deaf and communicates exclusively in American Sign Language, while Mr. Perez is completely deaf in his right ear and cannot hear well in his left, and ASL is his primary language, according to the ruling.
The Perezes allege that while Doctors Hospital in Edinburg, Texas, provided them with interpreters for a time period of 2013 through early 2014, during the periods 2011 through part of 2012, and again beginning in April 2014, they had problems, including interpreters failing to arrive.
The couple filed suit against the hospital in March 2013, charging it with violations of Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act, which governs public accommodation of the disabled, and state laws
The hospital's executive vice president for nursing testified in a deposition that the hospital's ADA compliance policy . . .
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RICHMOND — The Federal Railroad Administration has cited an Amtrak station in Henrico County for violating a deaf man's rights under the Americans With Disabilities Act.
The agency said the station on Staples Mill Road lacked required public telephone technology for people who are deaf or hard of hearing.
The agency also said the station doesn't provide a visual information system to update passengers about delays and schedule changes.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/1MZWuyw ) reports that disAbility Law Center of Virginia director Colleen Miller announced the agency's findings on Monday. The center had filed a complaint on behalf of Gary W. Talley of Petersburg.
Talley says announcements of train delays often are made by loudspeaker.
Amtrak told the federal agency that it's taking appropriate action to ensure its operations comply with the law.
National Public Radio
JULY 31, 2015
To Haben Girma's grandmother, back in East Africa, it "seemed like magic." Her granddaughter, born deaf and blind, is a graduate of Harvard Law School and works as a civil rights attorney.
It's easy to understand why the grandmother feels that way. Years before, she had tried to find a school in Eritrea for Girma's older brother, who was also born deaf and blind. She was turned away. There were schools for blind children and schools for deaf children. But no school would teach a child who was deaf-blind (that's the preferred terminology in the disability community). Girma describes that brother as "brilliant."
Girma told the story last week at the White House, when she introduced President Obama during a ceremony to mark the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
By the time Girma was born in 1988, six years younger than her brother, her mother had made a refugee's journey from Eritrea to the United States. And in California, a deaf-blind girl like Girma had a legal right to an education.
In public schools in Oakland, she was educated alongside other students, leaving her mainstream classes for an hour a day to learn Braille.
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July 26, 2105
By Karissa Bell
When the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law 25 years ago, few could have imagined just how much would change as a result of the legislation.
Fewer still could have imagined a world where almost anyone has access to pocket-sized computers that would open so many doors to people with disabilities.
Today, we have apps that can help the blind see, give words to those who can't speak and enable independence for people who would otherwise be forced to rely on others. To celebrate these advancements, Apple debuted a new collection in iTunes Thursday, highlighting apps that take advantage of accessibility features on iOS devices. The selection includes apps that help people with hearing and visual impairments interact with the world around them, those that enable communication for people with autism and apps that encourage learning at all levels.
We talked to some of the developers on the front lines of accessibility about what they've learned while creating these powerful apps, here's what they told us.
1. Design matters — even if your users can't see your app
Design is a fundamental part of any app. But even the most seasoned software makers find they need to rethink many aspects of design and user experience they would otherwise take for granted. While Apple makes its accessibility tools, like VoiceOver, readily available, developers often find making their app truly accessible requires a much more nuanced approach than what they're used to.
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Free Performance & Party with Deaf Hip-Hop Artist Sean Forbes & DJ Robbie Wilde
Free - open to all
TiLT Challenge and Dance Party
Kennedy Center Atrium
7:30 pm - 10:00 pm
July 20, 2015
Free; Limited seating; Limited capacity. Up to two wristbands per person will be distributed on a first come, first-served basis beginning at 7:00 p.m. in the States Gallery outside the Atrium at the Kennedy Center
Don’t miss this dance party featuring Deaf performers Sean Forbes and DJ Robbie Wilde. Sean is a ground-breaking, one-lf-a-kind talent – he is a rapper and a songwriter with a show that will knock your socks off! Sean will share the stage with DJ Robbie Wilde who says he literally feels his music. Come for the music, come to dance!
The show will be signed, captioned and voiced. Everyone is welcome.
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The Kennedy Center and Smithsonian Institution 20/40 Celebration
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The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board (FA-DSB)’s reception recognizing the 25th Anniversary of the ADA has a NEW START TIME of 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday July 28 in Conference Rooms 2/3 of the Fairfax County Government Center. The attached invitation and information below contains the updated start time. All are welcome--people with disabilities, friends, family members, direct support professionals, advocates, colleagues, government and nonprofit partners--If you believe in the spirit of the ADA, equal access, and full inclusion of individuals with disabilities into mainstream community life, then the FA-DSB looks forward to commemorating this important milestone with you!
The Fairfax Area Disability Services Board cordially invites you to attend a reception in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 8:30 a.m.
Fairfax County Government Center, Conference Rooms 2/3
12000 Government Center Parkway, Fairfax, VA 22035
Immediately following the reception, participants will proceed to the Board Auditorium for recognition by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. Everyone is encouraged to join in the celebration by coming to the front of the auditorium, to show that you support the theme of the 25th anniversary of the ADA, that “Disability Rights are Civil Rights!”
RSVP (appreciated, but not required) or request reasonable accommodations by contacting Alison Kron at: voice: 703-324-5414, TTY: 703-449-1186, or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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D&C Democrat Chronicle
by Gerard Buckley
June 5, 2015
In the span of less than two months this summer, we will celebrate the anniversaries of two major milestones that have changed the lives of millions of Americans, including my own.
The first of these anniversaries is June 8 — the 50 th anniversary of the signing of Public Law 89-36 by President Lyndon Baines Johnson. PL 89-36 is also known as the National Technical Institute for the Deaf Act, and for the first time in our nation's history, it established a technological college for deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, more commonly known now as STEM.
Since its establishment, NTID and its host institution, Rochester Institute of Technology, have graduated more than 7,000 deaf and hard-of-hearing students, and I'm proud to be one of them. I'm prouder still to now lead the college as we continue to help students earn degrees and hit the ground running in scientific, technical and professional careers.
Twenty-five years after PL 89-36 was enacted, I, by then an RIT/NTID alumnus, was fortunate to be invited by Sen. Robert Dole to witness the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act by President George H.W. Bush on July 26, 1990. The ADA has provided still more opportunities for equal access to Americans of all abilities. As President Bush said in his remarks that day, "With today's signing … every man, woman and child with a disability can now pass through once-closed doors into a bright new era of equality, independence and freedom."
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The Gilmore Mirror
Gilmore, Texas - Upshur County Commissioners Court on Thursday approved a written communication policy for dealing with the hearing-impaired, a move which County Judge Dean Fowler said means the county will no longer “be under the hand of the (United States) Department of Justice, which is a very good thing.”
Fowler told The Mirror someone filed a complaint against the county under the Americans With Disabilities Act in 2009, and the Justice Department investigated in 2010, the year the county made an agreement with the department to resolve it. That led to courthouse renovations performed in recent years, he said.The new communication policy means county employees will be given instructions on how to communicate with the hearing-impaired, such as passing notes back and forth, Fowler said. If needed, an interpreter can be brought in, he said.
An unnamed Tyler source, which would be paid only when it renders service, would provide sign language when needed, Fowler said. He said the county has only dealt with one such hearing-impaired person in 12 years.
The Gilmer Mirror - Commissioners approve written communication policy for hearing impaired
National Public Radio
APRIL 18, 2015
Netflix's original series now have a superhero among them. Comic fans know Daredevil as a crusader. He's a Marvel character who, in addition to his superhuman abilities, has a very human disability: blindness.
Needless to say, Daredevil has quite a few fans with visual impairments — and they were looking forward to the show.
But until this week, Netflix had no plans to provide the audio assistance that could have helped those fans follow the show.
The FCC requires broadcasters to provide audio descriptions of many programs so blind people can enjoy TV along with everyone else.
But Netflix isn't a broadcaster — it's an Internet-based service. And they didn't plan to provide that audio.
In other words, the superhero would not have been able to enjoy his own program.
Robert Kingett, a journalist and activist in Chicago, is a fan of Daredevil. He's blind and also lives with cerebral palsy. And when he learned the show wouldn't have audio descriptions, Kingett recalls, "I said, 'Well, that's just utterly insane.' "
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