Deaf Advocates Sue Harvard, MIT For Better Webcast Captions

Law360, Los Angeles (February 12, 2015, 4:33 PM EST) -- The National Association of the Deaf on Thursday slapped Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology with putative class actions in Massachusetts federal court, accusing them of discriminating against deaf and hard-of-hearing people by not properly captioning their open online courses and other online content.

The suits claims the prestigious schools are breaking the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Rehabilitation Act by denying deaf people access to thousands of free videos and audio tracks featuring campus talks by President Barack Obama and Bill Gates, self-help talks, and semesters’-worth of courses.

While the content is allegedly available for free to anyone...

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