[nfbwatlk] Seattle Public Schools improves online access for people with disabilities, The Seattle Times, March 29 2016
Noel.Nightingale at ed.gov
Tue Mar 29 21:35:42 UTC 2016
Seattle Public Schools improves online access for people with disabilities
Originally published March 29, 2016 at 5:02 am
The portal will be linked to every Seattle district and school site.
By Paige Cornwell Seattle Times education reporter
Seattle Public Schools has created a new web portal to make district information more accessible to people with disabilities, part of what the district agreed to do last year to settle a lawsuit filed by a blind parent.
The Accessible Educational Resources Portal provides information, accessible technology and resources, and steps on how to request a review if someone is unable to access content on the site, the district announced last week. It also allows users to report issues with accessing any technology used by the district.
Every district website has a link to the portal under the title “Non-discrimination statement.”
A lawsuit filed by Noel Nightingale, a blind parent of a Seattle student, alleged the district’s websites and an online math program weren’t accessible to those who are blind. The lawsuit was filed with the National Federation of the Blind.
Nightingale notified the district that its websites weren’t accessible in 2012, after changes to the site made it incompatible with a screen reader she used. She sued two years later, alleging discrimination.
The Seattle School Board voted in September to enter into a 3½ year consent decree to settle the lawsuit. The district agreed to ensure its websites are accessible, make a website portal and hire an accessibility coordinator.
Michael S. Miller, the district’s new accessibility coordinator, was hired in December.
Paige Cornwell: 206-464-2530 or pcornwell at seattletimes.com; on Twitter: @pgcornwell
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