Big Picture

The work to make UAA more accessible is tightly aligned with movement in the bigger picture. Statewide initiatives, federal cases and international trends all point to the same recognition - basic rights must be honored. It is illegal to discriminate against those with disabilities in brick and mortar locations, and it is illegal to discriminate in online environments as well.

Federal Mandates and Resources within Alaska

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973) requires institutions like UAA to make programs in their entirety accessible. 

The American's with Disabilities Act (1990) prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in employment, State and local government, public accommodations, commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications.

DBTAC is the Northwest ADA Information Center with a call center to provide free consultation regarding compliance with accessibility mandates.

The State of Alaska ADA Coordinator's Office is working to make Alaska Modern and Accessible.

International Trends

The World Wide Web Consortium is a multinational effort.  The W3C Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) offers strategies, guidelines, and resources to make the Web accessible to people with disabilities.

The United Nations Enable site details the convention on the rights of persons with disabilities which the US has signed but not ratified.