(August 21, 2019): The National Federation of the Blind, its California affiliate, and two blind students, Roy Payan and Portia Mason, have won their disability discrimination lawsuit against the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD). The Federal District Court for the Central District of California Found that LACCD violated the students rights under Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by, among other things, failing to provide them with accessible documents and course materials, failing to provide equal access to library resources, procuring and using inaccessible educational technology, and maintaining an inaccessible website.

The court specifically criticized the use of the Pearson MyMathLab product, finding that Los Angeles Community College failed to provide [Roy] Payan with meaningful access to his course materials in the math classes in which Payan enrolled, either through the MyMathLab software program or via equivalent accessible assignments from a math textbook in a timely manner. The court final order requires, among other things, that LACCD appoint or designate a dean of educational technology for Los Angeles Community College, with responsibility for enforcing accessibility policies; remediate its website to make it accessible; and evaluate educational technology for accessibility prior to procuring it.

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