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Welcome to the Americans With Disabilities Act section of our webpage.

This front page will reflect our most current information on federal disabilities law affecting educational institutions.

Press Release on Settlement Agreement Between Department of Justice and Kent State University on Therapy Animals, January 4, 2016. See also the Consent Decree.

Consent Order on Emotional Support Animals, University of Nebraska at Kearney (UNK)

Press Release of Sept. 3, 2015 announcing a proposed settlement agreement to be approved by the U.S. District Court for the District of Nebraska in Lincoln. Under the order, UNK will

  • pay $140,000 to two former students who sought and were denied reasonable accommodations to keep assistance animals in their university apartments; and

  • change its housing policy to allow persons with psychological disabilities to keep animals with them in university housing where such animals provide necessary therapeutic benefits to such students.        


DOJ Puts Pressure on Schools and Ed Techs to Provide Accessible Educational Technology**-8-26-15

Note the complaint cited within against Miami of Ohio, which names particular technology providers.

Frequently asked questions about Service Animals and the ADA, published by the U.S Dept. of Justice, Civil Rights Division

Lanzilotti and Cossaboon and NFB consent decree with Atlantic Cape Community College June 2015

Consent Decree entered into between plaintiffs, Anthony Lanzilotti, Mitchel Cossaboon, and the National Federation of the Blind (NFB), and defendant, the Atlantic Cape Community College (ACCC). Lanzilotti and Cossaboon, both blind students at ACCC, alleged discrimination on the basis of disability under the Americans with Disability Act and § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.This document lists all the standards that must be met, including WCAG 2.0 Level AA.

DOJ settlement with edX on accessibility (April 2015) Among other things, the settlement requires edX to provide accurate captioning for the deaf, oral navigation signals for the blind, and programing changes so those with dexterity disabilities can navigate content without struggling with a hand-operated mouse.The four-year agreement requires edX to, among other things, make the edX website, its mobile applications, and learning management system software, through which online courses are offered, fully accessible within 18 months;

National Association of the Deaf v. Harvard University: Complaint filed Fed. 12, 2015 alleging violations of the ADA and 504 for failure to caption or properly caption online educational offerings, including MOOCs.

National Association of the Deaf v. MIT, Complaint filed Feb. 12, 2015 alleging violations of the ADA and 504 for failure to caption or properly caption online educational offerings, including videos.