From The Seattle Times – “Blind parent wins battle for access to online Seattle school resources.”
What You Need to Know
- The U.S. Department of Education and Seattle Public Schools have reached a settlement to improve its website and online resources to be accessible for people with disabilities after a lawsuit was filed by a student’s parent who is blind and the National Federation of the Blind.
- Website was inaccessible to parent when she was using a screen reader.
- The lawsuit also claimed that the online math program was inaccessible to people who are blind.
- The complaint was filed under discrimination, violating the standards set forth in the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
- In the agreement, Seattle Public Schools must make their website accessible to people with disabilities.
A parent who was blind was unable to access Seattle Public Schools district website because the site was inaccessible with screen reader technology.
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In the agreement, Seattle Public Schools will hire an accessibility coordinator, ensure website and content is accessible to people who are blind, create a portal to help everyone communicate in effective manner with people who have disabilities, require technology vendors to supply the district with accessible technology, and train district officers, administrators, faculty and other key stakeholders.
According to the board’s briefing on the issue, the cost to implement the decree is estimated to be between $665,400 and $815,400 over its three-and-a-half year term, including $385,000 to hire an accessibility coordinator, and $150,000 for an audit and corrective action plan. Web accessibility testing has been budgeted at $90,000, and another $105,000 will be needed to train the staff designated in the agreement. (Ed-Tech)