Policy Watch
Quality Matters and the Ubiquity of ADA Compliance in Online Environments
Nathaniel Gallegos, Assistant Professor, Chadron State College
My names is Nathaniel Phillip Vargas Gallegos and I am an Assistant Professor of Business at Chadron State College. I have a BS and MS in Economics as well as my Juris Doctorate and LLM in Business Law. I am a licensed attorney in Missouri, Minnesota, and North Dakota.
Under the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, higher education institutions are open to violations in their online courses. ADA standards in online environments are fast becoming encompassing. The ADA was enacted in 1990 on the edge of the internet boom, and the plain meaning of the statute does not incorporate the Internet as a place in need of accommodation under the law. What has resulted is an evolving application, through the regulations and case law, to both private and public actors in online sites. Quality Matters can help with compliance.
Learning Objectives
Recognize the major laws involved with disabled learners in online environments.
Identify how Quality Matters Standard 8 facilitates ADA compliance.
Analyze best practices through group discussion.
Audience: Faculty 
Audience: Administrator
Audience: Instructional Designer