[Nfbnet-members-list] National Federation of the Blind and Maricopa Community College District Resolve Litigation
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Thu Oct 23 17:04:49 UTC 2014
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National Federation of the Blind and Maricopa Community College
District Resolve Litigation
MCCD Will Take Steps to Make Technology Accessible
Phoenix, Arizona (October 23, 2014): <http://www.nfb.org>The National
Federation of the Blind today announced an agreement with the
Maricopa Community College District (MCCD) and Mesa Community College
resolving litigation brought by the Federation in 2012. Under the
agreement, MCCD will take a series of steps that will result in the
procurement and deployment of electronic and information technology
that is accessible to all students, including those who are blind.
The technologies covered by the agreement include the college's
public website, library website, learning management system, personal
response systems (or clickers) used in the classroom, campus ATM's,
and more. The blind use computers, smartphones, and tablets equipped
with special software that allows the contents of websites,
applications, and documents to be read aloud or displayed in Braille
on a connected Braille device. When websites or documents are not
properly coded, however, they cannot be accessed with the technology
used by the blind. ATM's can also be equipped with headphone jacks
and text-to-speech software that guides blind users through
transactions via audio prompts.
Mark Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind,
said: "The technology procured and deployed by America's institutions
of higher education must be accessible if blind students are to
acquire the full benefit of their education and participate fully in
campus life. We are pleased that the Maricopa Community College
District and Mesa Community College are committed to equal access for
all students, including the blind."
The plaintiffs were represented in this matter by Joseph B. Espo of
the Baltimore firm Brown, Goldstein, & Levy, LLP.
About the National Federation of the Blind
The National Federation of the Blind knows that blindness is not the
characteristic that defines you or your future. Every day we raise
the expectations of blind people, because low expectations create
obstacles between blind people and our dreams. You can live the life
you want; blindness is not what holds you back.
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