Harvard and MIT sued for neglecting people with disabilities in online courses

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Advocates for the deaf are filing lawsuits against both Harvard and MIT for failing to provide adequate captions for their online educational material. The complaints, filed by that National Association of the Deaf (NAD), allege that both universities have “denied access to this content to the approximately 48 million — nearly one out of five — Americans who are deaf or hard of hearing,” and that in doing so have violated federal law.

“No captions is like no ramp for people in wheelchairs.”

“If you are a hearing person, you are welcomed into a world of lifelong learning through access to a community offering videos on virtually any topic imaginable, from climate change to world history or the arts,” said Arlene Mayerson, one of the…

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