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We have observed the ramifications of what happens when a university ignores its obligation to abide Section 508/TAC 206, U.S. Copyright Law, and TAC 202. We do not want similar actions taken against Tarleton, which is why we adamantly check our websites, software, and other technology for compliance.
Doing these evaluations does take some time. Sometimes I would rather be working on web graphics or designing web layouts. However, if we do not take the time to evaluate, a reprimand (or worse) is just inevitable.
The following are examples of universities who have been reprimanded/sued/reported for not complying with accessibility requirements. I think you will be surprised!
- Web Accessibility: Required, Not Optional (mentions Northwestern University, New York University, and Florida State University)
(University Business, 2011.)
- Advocates for the Blind Sue Arizona State U. Over Kindle Use
(The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2009.)
- Penn State Accused of Discriminating Against Blind Students
(The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2010.)
- How using Google images can cost you $8,000
(PR Daily, 2013)