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Aug 2013
August 14, 2013

Aggressive ADA Enforcement Continues

Continuing its recent enforcement focus on Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliance, the U.S. Department of Justice recently announced a settlement with Louisiana Tech University relating to a blind student’s treatment at the school.

The DOJ sued LTU over allegations that it used an online learning platform inaccessible to the blind student and it failed to provide accessible materials for the discussion and exam in a traditional class. The settlement agreement requires LTU to adopt a number of policies and acquire accessibility technology that is considered industry standard. LTU also must make materials dating back through 2010 accessible, provide compliance training and pay $23,543 in damages to the student.

Since June 2013, this case is one of nine that the DOJ has settled or initiated against various public institutions, cities and states for ADA compliance failures. The DOJ has also initiated suits against private companies that provide the type of public accommodations or services reached by the ADA, including a private transportation provider in Arizona that reached a settlement in early June for allegations of failing to accommodate blind passengers.

If you have questions about government regulations for colleges and universities, please contact Sarah Riley Howard ( or 616.752.2541) or another member of the Higher Education Industry Group at Warner Norcross & Judd.

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