The University is committed to ensuring equal access to educational and employment opportunities for qualified individuals with disabilities in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), as amended, and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (Section 504), as well as other applicable state and local laws and University policy.
Qualified individuals with disabilities are protected from discrimination, including harassment, and are entitled to reasonable accommodations, academic adjustments, and auxiliary aids and services to ensure their participation in and enjoyment of all University programs, services, and activities including those in the digital environment.
To achieve this equal access, we follow established current law, policy and standards which provide guidance towards the development, creation, and acquisition of digital assets.
We also follow resolution/settlement agreements, consent decrees, and lawsuits between our peer institutions and individuals as well as advocacy and government agencies. These proceedings determine expectations and best practices in the digital environment.
- University of Virginia Statement on Accessibility
- University of Virginia Policy: IRM-008: University Information Technology Accessibility
- Code of Virginia: Information Technology Access Act
- Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (508/255 Refresh Jan 18, 2017): Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Final Standards and Guidelines
- W3C - Web Content Accessibility Guidelines: WCAG 2 Overview
- Video Introduction to Web Accessibility and W3C Standards
Recent Resolution/Settlement Agreements, Consent Decrees of Note:
- 3Play Media: Overview of NAD v. Harvard and NAD v. MIT Lawsuits (2020)
- Harvard University: Settlement Caption Requirements (2020)
- Miami University: Consent Decree (2016)
- Departments of Justice and Education Joint “Dear Colleague” Letter (2010)
- Univ of Washington: Accessible Technology – Resolution Agreements and Lawsuits
- Higher Ed Accessibility Lawsuits, Complaints, and Settlements