Did you know: It is a violation of an individual’s civil rights to discriminate against them based on a disability? The Americans with Disabilities Act, which came into law in 1990, was created as a civil rights law, and is meant to provide protection against discrimination of individuals based on disabilities in “all areas of public life, including jobs, schools, transportation, and all public and private places that are open to the general public.” In essence, everyone should be given the same rights and opportunities regardless of disability.
Because this applies to all areas of public life, it is necessary to be mindful and aware of making materials and resources accessible. An individual who cannot physically operate a building’s door should still have an equal opportunity to access the resources inside the building as any other individual. An individual with a visual impairment should be given the same opportunities to access required reading as any other individual.
According to the ADA of 1990, it is required that “reasonable accommodations” be made for qualified applicants or employees without causing “undue hardship.”
Check out the ADA National Network Fact Sheet for more information and a breakdown of the ADA provisions.
What is IDT doing to ensure ADA compliance?
- We are working with faculty and staff to provide any and all reasonable assistance and accommodations for persons with disabilities and to make web content more easily accessible for all.
- We are working in connection with Disabilities Services to ensure all multimedia content has a text-alternative and is accurately captioned.
- We are working with instructors to provide audio alternatives to text content in their courses
- We are working to ensure that all text content can be read with the use of assistive technology such as a screen reader
- We are working with departments and instructors to make all documents (Word and PowerPoint) into PDFs for accessibility and to ensure ease of use
- We are working to provide navigation walk-throughs and to make navigation easier to use
- We are constantly working with other devices and technology to ensure compatibility for all users and finding alternatives if necessary
You can also visit A Guide to Disability Rights Laws provided by the U.S. Department of Justice.