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Justice Department Settles with Public Library Authority Over Inaccessible E-Readers
August 29, 2012
Source: U.S. Department of Justice
The U.S. Department of Justice and the National Federation of the Blind have settled a disability discrimination case with the Sacramento Public Library Authority for violations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The library used inaccessible electronic reader devices in a patron lending program. The library has agreed to acquire e-readers that are accessible to people with disabilities and it will train its staff on ADA requirements. Under the settlement agreement, the library will not acquire any additional e-readers for patron use that exclude persons who are blind or others with disabilities who need accessible features such as text-to-speech functions or the ability to access menus through audio or tactile options. The library has also agreed to acquire at least 18 e-readers that are accessible to persons with disabilities. The settlement agreement also requires the library to train its staff on the requirements of the ADA.
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