• Ensuring the Accessibility of School Districts’ Websites
  • May 27, 2016
  • Law Firm: Murphy Hesse Toomey Lehane LLP - Quincy Office
  • The United States Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights (“OCR”) is receiving hundreds of complaints across the country about the accessibility of public schools’ websites for individuals with disabilities. It is, accordingly, investigating school districts’ compliance with applicable Federal laws as they relate to school websites and applicable policies. The Boston OCR office, which has jurisdiction over Massachusetts school districts, has previously investigated and found compliance concerns with the website of a Massachusetts school district. The Federal District Court in Massachusetts has refused to dismiss a complaint against Harvard University that it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 by not having an accessible website.