Student's lawsuit alleges discrimination at Miami University

Lauren Williams's picture
Tuesday, January 14, 2014

A Miami University student is suing the school for discriminating against her based on a disability. Aleeha Dudley, who is blind, filed the case in U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio with the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind.

A press release said Dudley's complaint alleges Miami University violated Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act and section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. She said the university deliberately failed to make modifications for her to complete her coursework.

Among other things, the university failed to provide textbooks and course materials in accessible formats, including Braille; failed to provide proper tactile graphics to represent visual components of course materials; purchased and deployed inaccessible course management and assignment software; and more. If these modifications had been made, Ms. Dudley would have been able to use text-to-speech software and a refreshable Braille display to obtain the information she needed to succeed in her courses.

Dudley alleges her grades have suffered and she's behind in her degree requirements because of the university's failure to make modifications it promised to make and that are required by federal law. She's pursuing a degree in zoology with hopes of attending veterinary schools.

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