Where the ADA does not spell out specifics, legal leveraging is filling the gap on how schools must accommodate making course textbooks and materials accessible. The recent settlement between the nonprofit group Disability Rights Advocates and UC Berkley sets a precedent which proponents hope other universities will follow.
Rebecca Williford, an attorney for the DRA, said, “Access to print material is an emerging issue. We’re hopeful that the technology is going to get better and that the agreement with UC Berkeley will help to put students on a more equal playing field.”
The improvements Berkeley agreed to include:
- providing digital versions of textbooks within 10 days,
- providing course readers within 17 days
- encouraging instructors to identify course materials earlier,
- providing scanning machines to allow students to self-scan materials.
The school will also implement a library print conversion system to enable students to request a specific book or journal from the library. This system will make materials available in different formats in about 5 days.
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