By Minh N. Vu and Paul Kehoe
The Department of Justice (DOJ) and edX today announced an agreement under which edX has voluntarily agreed to make its website, mobile applications, and open source learning platform conform to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0, Level AA (WCAG 2.0). EdX contracts with some of the most prestigious universities and institutions in the world to deliver hundreds of free massive online open courses (MOOCs) to the public. While it will continue to be the responsibility of these institutions to provide course content that is accessible to individuals with disabilities, edX’s platform will enable the delivery of such accessible content and will provide these institutions with the tools to create accessible content.
This agreement is another example of the DOJ’s continued focus on ensuring that websites and mobile applications are accessible to individuals with disabilities, in even the absence of regulations specifically addressing these technologies.
Seyfarth represented edX in this matter.