TEACH Act: Technology, Equality and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act
American Council of the Blind
This organization endorses the TEACH Act and calls upon Congress to move promptly on its introduction and enactment.
WHEREAS, the "Technology, Equality and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act" or "TEACH Act" would significantly improve the accessibility of instructional materials used in post-secondary education, including electronic and multimedia materials; and
WHEREAS, the TEACH Act would accomplish this objective by requiring the U.S. Access Board to develop standards for the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to adopt as part of DOJ's responsibilities to implement and enforce Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and Titles II and III of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and
WHEREAS, such standards are essential for creators of post-secondary instructional materials to employ so that students with disabilities will have full and equal access to the educational content that such materials provide; and
WHEREAS, the TEACH Act does not alter the effective communication or other requirements of current law but merely provides both the creators of instructional materials and colleges and universities greater certainty about how to offer accessibility and to comply with existing law; and
WHEREAS, leading organizations of and for people with disabilities, including the American Council of the Blind and the American Foundation for the Blind, have responded favorably to the invitation of the National Federation of the Blind to join them in advocacy to introduce the TEACH Act in the 113th U.S. Congress;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the American Council of the Blind in convention assembled on the 9th day of July, 2013, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus, Ohio, that this organization affirm its endorsement of the TEACH Act and call upon Congress to move promptly on its introduction and enactment.
Marlaina Lieberg, Secretary