Student communicating with female staff member through assistive technology
A male student communicating via sign language to a female staff member
Dog guiding a visually impaired student

Accessibility News

Legislation, Awards and Agreements

508 Refresh Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Standards and Guidelines

Published in the Federal Register

This final rule is effective March 20, 2017.

For more information, see "New Baseline for Accessibility," Inside Higher Ed

Department of Justice Notice of Rulemaking on Section 504


Dr. Tristan Denley, Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents, has been honored by the National Federation of the Blind for his work to improve accessibility of course materials.  Denley's direction of the massive, system-side undertaking has been especially aggressive, according to James Brown, president of the National Federation of the Blind's Tennessee chapter, who nominated Dr. Denley for the award.  Here is The full USA Today article


Advance Copy: Movie Captioning and Audio Description Final Ruling  Clarification of movie theaters' obligation to provide closed captions and audio descriptions.

Senate Bill (SB) 1692: Ensuring accessibility of digital curricula for students with disabilities at state institutions of Higher Education.  Signed into Law on April 16, 2014


OCR Agreements

University of Montana (2014)

Louisiana Tech (2013)

South Carolina Technical College System (2013) 

Law School Admission Council   (2014) 

Creighton University  (2013)

Authors Guild vs. HathiTrust, (2014)

Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences  (2014)

Youngstown State University (2014)

University of Cincinnati (2014)

Harvard and MIT (2015)

Miami University (2015)

University of California- Berkeley (2016)

National Federation for the Blind News

U.S. Department of Education Direct Loan Program (2014)

Atlantic Cape Community College, NJ (2015)

Technology Related Settlements

edX, Inc.  Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) (2015)