What doe UC Berkeley offer?
UC Berkeley makes conferences, lectures, sporting events, graduation ceremonies and other university events available to the public.
The online content is available on its websites and on other online platforms. This includes YouTube and Apple Podcasts channels. It also makes courses available on its UC BerkeleyX platform.
How much of the content is accessible?
Much of this online content is not accessible to people with disabilities because it lacks captions for videos and alt text for images. It is also formatted in a way that does not allow individuals with disabilities to access the content using screen readers or other assistive technology.
What is the announcement made by the Justice Department?
The Justice Department has secured an agreement with the University of California, Berkeley to make online content accessible to people with disabilities.
On November 21, 2022, the Justice Department announced that it has filed a proposed consent decree in federal court. The decree was filed to resolve allegations that the Regents of the University of California on behalf of the University of California, Berkeley (collectively UC Berkeley) violated Title II of the ADA.
It is stated that much of UC Berkeley’s free online content is inaccessible to individuals with hearing, vision, and manual impairments. The proposed consent decree was filed together with a complaint setting forth the allegations of discrimination.
What is stated in the consent decree?
Under the three-and-a-half-year long consent decree, which requires court approval, UC Berkeley will make all future and the vast majority of its existing online content accessible to people with disabilities.
This includes BerkeleyX courses, university websites and video and podcast content on its YouTube, Apple Podcasts and other third-party platforms.
The University will also take the following actions:
- revise its policies
- train relevant personnel
- designate a web accessibility coordinator
- conduct accessibility testing of its online content
- hire an independent auditor to evaluate the accessibility of its content
By entering into this consent decree, UC Berkeley will make its content accessible to people with disabilities. It will provide the same online educational opportunities provided to people without disabilities.
How will people with disabilities benefit by this consent decree?
People with disabilities will have access to the numerous free online courses, conferences, lectures, and performances. The programming offered by the University and faculty will provide lifelong learning opportunities to millions of people.
“Through this consent decree, the Department of Justice demonstrates its commitment to ensuring compliance with the ADA by providing individuals with disabilities a full and equal opportunity to participate in and enjoy the benefits of UC Berkeley’s services, programs and activities in equal measure with people without disabilities.”– U.S. Attorney Stephanie M. Hinds for the Northern District of California.
Source: Department of Justice
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