Meeting ADA Requirements

Spring
1999
Resolution Number: 
03.04
Contact: 
Category: 
Equity and Diversity
Status: 
Completed

Whereas the Office of Civil Rights, Region IX, San Francisco, issued a finding in January 1998 noting that most community colleges need to improve their compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act in providing, in a timely and effective way, material in alternate media for their blind and visually impaired students and faculty and staff, as well as for the blind and visually impaired general public who may use the college services, like the library, or who may attend college events like plays and concerts,

Resolved that the Academic Senate direct the Executive Committee to work with the Chancellor's Office to help colleges meet the requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act by creating guidelines, regulations, and assistance to help colleges provide quality materials in alternate media for its blind and visually impaired students in a timely and effective way, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge local academic senates to work with their college administration and staff to develop and implement policies and procedures so that faculty can distribute handouts and other materials for their blind and visually impaired students in appropriate alternate media and at the same time as such materials are made available for nondisabled students, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate urge local academic senates to work with their college administration and staff in order to provide quality college publications and documents in alternate media, upon request, for blind and visually impaired students and the public in a timely and effective manner, and

Resolved that the Academic Senate direct the Executive Committee to hold at a future senate plenary session an informational breakout session on how local academic senates can help faculty understand and meet their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations to serve the needs of blind and visually impaired students, faculty, staff and the general public.

Summary: 
Work with the Chancellor's Office to help colleges meet the requirement of the Americans with Disabilities Act; urge local academic senates to work with their college administration and staff to develop and implement policies and procedures so that faculty can distribute handouts and other materials for their blind and visually impaired students in appropriate alternate media and at the same time as such materials are made available for nondisabled students; urge local academic senates to work with their college administration and staff in order to provide quality college publications and documents in alternate media; hold at a future senate plenary session an informational breakout session on how local academic senates can help faculty understand and meet their obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations to serve the needs of blind and visually impaired students, faculty, staff and the general public.
Status Report: 

EEO added to the charge of EDAC.