Friday, January 1, 2021

Is accessibility required by law?

The University is subject to provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 and the Iowa Civil Rights Act. 

  • Section 504 prohibits disability-based discrimination by programs that receive Federal funds.
  • Title II of the ADA requires that communications to people with disabilities be equally as effective as communications with non-disabled people in their timeliness, accuracy, and delivery method.
  • The Department of Justice has stated that Internet and web sites are covered under both Section 504 and the ADA.

The above is not intended as legal advice.  For legal advice on web accessibility, please contact University General Counsel or the ADA Coordinator.

Who is responsible for third-party content?

In general, you are responsible for the accessibility of any content you provide or share. Whenever possible, try to share accessible versions of any third-party content. In some cases, the owner of the content may be able to provide an accessible version of a resource. If not, then you may have to create alternate content in order to ensure equitable access.

How can the University of Iowa IT Accessibility Group help to provide accessible technology?

The UI ITAG offers a variety of services to University of Iowa departments, units, and programs. Working with your team, we can provide assistance with training, consultation, testing, and purchasing to help ensure that your group’s tech products are usable and accessible to your audience.