Disability Resources for Students

Why technology and materials need to be accessible

Higher Ed Accessibility Lawsuits

Disability rights organizations and students with disabilities have filed lawsuits against numerous universities and colleges in the recent past.

Brief summary of the major lawsuits in recent years

Legal news from Access Technology Higher Education Network (ATHEN)

University of Montana Agreement, March 2014

Back in 2012 complaints were filed against the University of Montana that it was discriminating against students with disabilities “by using online tools such as Web pages, library databases, live chats, videos, and a course-registration site that were inaccessible.”

An agreement has been reached between the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights and the University of Montana to ensure educational accessibility for people at UM with disabilities.


UM Agreement to Improve Services to Students With Disabilities – University of Montana

UM Reaches Agreement to Develop New Accessibility Policies, Disability Training – Missoulian

Agreement Requires UM to Improve Accessibility – Montana Kaimin

The Resolution Agreement


Louisiana Tech University (Department of Justice) Settlement Agreement

Justice Department Settles with Louisiana Tech University Over Inaccessible Course Materials

South Carolina Technical College System (Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights) Resolution Letter

South Carolina Technical College System Agreement 

University of California, Berkeley (Disability Rights Advocates) Settlement Agreement

University of California, Berkeley (Disability Rights Advocates) Fact Sheet

Joint Dear Colleague Letter: Electronic Book Readers (Departments of Justice & Education)

Joint Dear Colleague Letter: Electronic Book Readers Questions & Answers

Accessible Instructional Materials Commission Report


Other Resources

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