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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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Justice Department Reaches Agreement with the City of Baltimore
to Prevent Disability Discrimination
City of Baltimore to Pay $65,000 in Damages and Adopt New Policies and Procedures
The Justice Department today announced that it has reached an agreement with the city of Baltimore, Maryland, to end hiring practices that discriminate against people with disabilities. The agreement, filed as a consent decree along with a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, resolves allegations by the department that the city engaged in a pattern or practice of discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Title I of the ADA prohibits employers from discriminating against individuals on the basis of disability in various aspects of employment, including hiring.
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