ADA Laws and Regulations

Regis University EIT policy

The Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) policy ensures equal access to electronic content found in Regis University online and blended courses.

Watch a video on how ID&T addresses accessibilty in Regis courses. Note that the video includes closed captioning. A complete transcript is also available.

Federal ADA laws and regulations

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 require that qualified individuals with disabilities be provided equal access to programs, services, and activities. More information on ADA and Section 504 is available in the article Higher Education on the ADA One website.

The Americans with Disabilities Amendments Act (ADAAA) was revised March 15, 2011 to clarify and widen the definition of "disability" that widened the swath of people covered under the ADA.

Section 504 is a federal law designed to protect the rights of individuals with disabilities in programs and activities that receive Federal financial assistance from the U.S. Department of Education (ED).

Section 508 was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make available new opportunities for people with disabilities, and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. 508 is basically a set of guidelines (best practices) with website usability.

Title III ensures equal rights and access to services and programs such as libraries. Title III includes online services and access to online programs, classrooms and other resources, especially those services and websites that are available to the public at large.21st Century Communications Act

The 21st Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act was signed into law in October 2010. This Act establishes new safeguards, or standards, so that new generations of technologies, especially video and web-based communications, are designed in a way that is accessible to persons with disabilities.

Additional information on this important piece of legislation is available from the National Association of the Deaf.