Frontiers in US Law: Equal Access to Info Tech for People with Disabilities

February 2015

People with disabilities need access to the same digital content, at the same time, and at the same cost, as people without disabilities. New technologies often create interesting legal questions at the intersection of human-computer interaction and disability rights law. While some legal issues have been decided (e.g., both courts and the US Department of Justice have said that The Americans with Disabilities Act does apply to websites of public accommodations), there are many other interesting questions which have not yet been clearly decided by legal statutes or case law. This seminar will examine five legal topics (captioning and legal ownership, accessible instructional materials in higher education, technology access for people with cognitive impairments, e-book access for people with print disabilities, and access to courtroom documents and technology) at the intersection of US disability rights law and human-computer interaction, where there is not yet clear legal guidance, and provide a forum for multidisciplinary analysis and discussion. Participants will include a cross-section of scholars in computer science and law, advocates, practitioners, and government policymakers.