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Justice Dept. Settles With Berkeley on On-line Content material

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 decide’s approval, entails Berkeley agreeing to make adjustments 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 just isn’t accessible to folks with disabilities as a result of it lacks captions and transcripts for people who’re deaf and different textual content describing visible photographs for people who’re blind. Additionally it is formatted in a approach that doesn’t permit people with disabilities to entry the content material utilizing display screen readers or different assistive know-how.”

Underneath the consent decree, “UC Berkeley will make all future and the overwhelming majority of its current on-line content material accessible to folks 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 online accessibility coordinator, conduct accessibility testing of its on-line content material and rent an unbiased auditor to judge 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 need to take part in and entry the identical on-line instructional alternatives supplied to folks with out disabilities,” mentioned Assistant Legal professional Common Kristen Clarke of the Justice Division’s Civil Rights Division. “This decree will present folks with disabilities entry to the quite a few free on-line programs, conferences, lectures, performances and different programming provided by UC Berkeley and its college, offering lifelong studying alternatives to tens of millions of individuals.” 




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