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Website Accessibility Settlement Reached with Seattle Public Schools

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Posted October 16, 2015

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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.
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  • 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.

Summary

A parent who was blind was unable to access Seattle Public Schools district website because the site was inaccessible with screen reader technology.

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.

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