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Re: [FWD] Universities Legal Web Accessibility Update


From: Paul Bohman
Date: Nov 20, 2003 2:38PM

You're right: Section 504 does say that accommodations have to be
timely. And you're also right that the courts have repeatedly ruled that
untimely accommodations are contrary to the intent of the law.

I'm not sure that you're right when you say that I know more about this
that you do though :-)

It's just that the mindset of 504 is "accommodation." The mindset of 504
is "accessible by design," because 508 requires that purchases,
contracts, and information technology be accessible up front, and not
after the fact.

My previous post was probably a bit misleading. I don't mean to imply
that Section 504 permits late responses. It doesn't, but on the
implementation side, late responses are often inevitable, simply because
of the accommodation mentality.

Jeff Finlay wrote:

> Paul, you'd probably know more about this than me, but I have seen some
> OCR people rule very strictly on 504 and they wouldn't agree that 504
> allows for any kind of slow-down in providing accommodations.

Paul Ryan Bohman
Technology Coordinator
WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind)
Center for Persons with Disabilities
Utah State University

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