SOURCE: Bureau of Internet Accessibility

Bureau of Internet Accessibility

June 21, 2017 15:30 ET

Schools, school districts, and departments of education across the country are scrambling to avoid conflicts with the OCR

PROVIDENCE, RI--(Marketwired - June 21, 2017) - The Office of Civil Rights (OCR) is the organization within U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) tasked with ensuring access to education by enforcing civil rights. Essentially, the OCR prohibits discrimination by schools on the basis of disability, race, sex, national origin, color, or age.

Schools are rushing to meet website accessibility guidelines and compliance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) rules after a spate of recent investigations, complaints, and lawsuits. The OCR began inquiries after receiving reports that some schools and school districts had websites that were difficult or impossible for people with disabilities to use. Title II of the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require public school websites and online services to be ADA compliant.

For more information go to: http://www.boia.org/blog/what-is-the-ocr-and-why-are-schools-scrambling

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