[Nfbnet-members-list] Fwd: National Federation of the Blind and Two Blind Students File Suit against Los Angeles Community College District
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>National Federation of the Blind and Two Blind Students File Suit
>Against Los Angeles Community College District
>Los Angeles, California (March 3, 2017): The National Federation of
>the Blind, the nation's leading advocate for equal access to higher
>education for the blind; its California affiliate, the National
>Federation of the Blind of California; and two blind students, Roy
>Payan and Portia Mason, have filed suit in the United States
>District Court for the Central District of California, Western
>Division, against the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD)
>(Case 2:17-cv-01697). The lawsuit alleges that the LACCD has
>violated the Americans with Disabilities act and Section 504 of the
>Rehabilitation act of 1973 by failing to provide accessible
>instructional materials and other accommodations required by these
>statutes and needed by these students. As a result, Mr. Payan and
>Ms. Mason have been unable to complete required coursework or have
>received grades that do not reflect their true aptitude,
>intelligence, and industry, but rather the artificial educational
>barriers that have been erected by LACCD.
>Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the
>Blind, said: "The National Federation of the Blind continues to
>expect that our nation's institutions of higher education meet their
>legal obligations to make their educational programs accessible to
>the blind. Many colleges and universities fail to meet accessibility
>requirements because of a lack of knowledge about accessible
>technology and best practices for creating accessible content, and
>the National Federation of the Blind is actively engaged in efforts
>to give educational institutions the information and resources they
>need in order to provide equal educational opportunities to their
>blind students. But the experiences of Mr. Payan and Ms. Mason also
>demonstrate that there are low expectations of blind students and
>other attitudinal barriers as well. Faculty and staff in the Los
>Angeles Community College system have demonstrated a deliberate lack
>of regard for the rights of Mr. Payan, Ms. Mason, and other blind
>students. The National Federation of the Blind will not tolerate
>this discriminatory behavior."
>The plaintiffs are represented by Patricia Barbosa and Ayman Mourad
>of the Huntington Beach, CA firm The Barbosa Group, and by Daniel F.
>Goldstein, Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, Joseph B. Espo and Jean M.
>Zachariasiewicz 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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