Mark A. Riccobono, President of the National Federation of the Blind, said: “Blind students cannot take advantage of educational opportunities and go on to live the lives they want unless course content and the technologies used in the modern classroom are accessible to them.”
Attorneys for Aleeha Dudley have reached an agreement with Miami University after the school failed to provide Ms. Dudley with equal and meaningful access to her curriculum to help her attain educational success as a blind student studying zoology. As part of a separate consent decree reached with the United States Department of Justice, Miami University will change its practices for obtaining and utilizing technology, including requirements to make its website accessible, to ensure Learning Management Software is accessible, and to educate faculty and staff about the importance of accessibility and how to achieve this. It will also be easier for students to obtain accessible course materials in all formats, including ebooks and Braille.
Ms. Dudley was represented by Dan Goldstein, Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, and Emily Levenson of Brown, Goldstein & Levy, and Disability Rights Ohio, the National Federation of the Blind, and Ohio State University Professor Ruth Colker.