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Harvard, MIT sued over lack of captioning on video courses

The Boston Globe reported on Feb. 12 that the National Association of the Deaf has filed class-action suits accusing Harvard University and MIT of violating the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act and the 1973 Rehabilitation Act by denying people who are deaf and hard of hearing access to thousands of videos and audio recordings that the universities make available free to the public. “Just as buildings without ramps bar people who use wheelchairs, online content without captions excludes individuals who are deaf or hard of hearing,” said the lawsuits filed in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts.

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