The Justice Division on Monday introduced a proposed consent decree with the College of California, Berkeley on on-line entry to course supplies.
The settlement, which nonetheless requires a choose’s approval, entails Berkeley agreeing to make modifications to many course supplies.
“UC Berkeley makes conferences, lectures, sporting occasions, commencement ceremonies and different college occasions obtainable to the general public on its web sites and on different on-line platforms, together with its YouTube and Apple Podcasts channels,” mentioned a Justice Division assertion. “It additionally makes programs obtainable on its UC BerkeleyX platform. A lot of this on-line content material isn’t accessible to individuals with disabilities as a result of it lacks captions and transcripts for people who’re deaf and different textual content describing visible pictures for people who’re blind. It is usually formatted in a manner that doesn’t permit people with disabilities to entry the content material utilizing display readers or different assistive expertise.”
Underneath the consent decree, “UC Berkeley will make all future and the overwhelming majority of its current on-line content material accessible to individuals with disabilities. This consists of BerkeleyX programs, college web sites and video and podcast content material on its YouTube, Apple Podcasts and different third-party platforms<” the division added. “UC Berkeley can even revise its insurance policies, prepare related personnel, designate an internet accessibility coordinator, conduct accessibility testing of its on-line content material and rent an impartial auditor to guage the accessibility of its content material.”
“By coming into into this consent decree, UC Berkeley will make its content material accessible to the many individuals with disabilities who wish to take part in and entry the identical on-line instructional alternatives supplied to individuals with out disabilities,” mentioned Assistant Legal professional Normal Kristen Clarke of the Justice Division’s Civil Rights Division. “This decree will present individuals with disabilities entry to the quite a few free on-line programs, conferences, lectures, performances and different programming supplied by UC Berkeley and its college, offering lifelong studying alternatives to hundreds of thousands of individuals.”