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March 16th, 2011
Claim: Google Apps for Education inaccessible to blind students
National group charges that Google’s educational material violates the Americans with Disabilities act
An advocacy group has filed a complaint with the federal government accusing New York University (NYU) and Northwestern University of discriminating against the blind by adopting Google’s eMail program.
The National Federation of the Blind (NFB) said March 15 that Gmail and other Google applications used by the schools aren’t fully functional with text-to-speech technology, and their adoption violates the Americans with Disabilities act.
The Baltimore-based group is asking that the Justice Department investigate. It also wants colleges to halt adoption of such software until it’s accessible to everyone.
Both schools recently adopted Google Apps for Education for campus eMail and other services.