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Hot Topics

Hot Topics

This page provides a listing of hot topics that we are covering from the field. Within each topic area, you will find links to more extensive information. Be sure to check back with us on this page, as we will be updating as new topics arise.

  • NAD v. MIT Consent Decree Announced February 18, 2020
    • In a press release dated February 18, 2020, the National Association of the Deaf announced the NAD v. MIT settlement, calling it "a landmark settlement with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that institutes a series of new guidelines to make the university’s website and online resources accessible for people who are deaf and hard of hearing. The settlement follows a similar agreement with Harvard University in November 2019, which together represent the most comprehensive set of online accessibility requirements in higher education and provide a new model for ensuring worldwide online and digital accessibility in academia and business for people who are deaf and hard of hearing."
    • The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center has also posted a press release (introducing the MIT settlement) that includes a direct link to the NAD v. MIT Consent Decree.
       
  • NAD v. Harvard University Consent Decree Announced Nov. 27, 2019
    • In a press release dated November 27, 2019, the National Association of the Deaf announced the settlement, which states: "The settlement represents the most comprehensive set of online accessibility requirements in higher education and ensures for the first time that Harvard will provide high-quality captioning services for online content."
    • The Civil Rights Education and Enforcement Center has also posted a press release that includes a direct link to the NAD v. Harvard Consent Decree
       
  • Paul Grossman, J.D. Update to the Law of Disability Discrimination for Higher Education Professionals
    • In the past, access to the annual updates to The Law of Disability Discrimination for Higher Education Professionals has been limited to those individuals who enroll in training opportunities available through AHEAD and its affiliates or individuals who have purchased Colker and Grossman, The Law of Disability DiscriminationEighth Edition, Carolina Academic Press.  This year is different.  With many of us using our time at home to update our professional skills, Paul Grossman thought it best to make this year’s higher education law update available free of charge to all DSS/DSPS professionals, post-secondary faculty and administrators, as well as all post-secondary students. Accordingly, Paul consents to sharing and republishing this year’s update for the benefit of any of the aforementioned individuals. If any individual cannot access any part of these materials with commonly available adaptive technology, they are welcome to contact Paul directly for any necessary assistance.  paulgrossman@comcast.net  ​​​
       
  • Paul Grossman, J.D., Presentation on Determining QID/QSD: A Paradigm and a Process, sponsored by CCCCO
    • On November 5, 2019, the following presentation regarding Qualified Individual with a Disability/Qualified Student with a Disability was conducted via webinar on behalf of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office. The presentation is available in accessible Word document format. The author, Paul Grossman, J.D., P.A., has agreed to share this support material with the proviso that it is for individual use and may not be recirculated or posted online. (See Use and Permissions on page 3 of the document.)
  • DSPS P1 Funding Summaries