Earlier this morning, The National Association of the Deaf (NAD) and four deaf and hard of hearing individuals filed two federal class action lawsuits today against Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), charging that the schools discriminate by failing to caption the vast array of online content they make available to the general public, including massive open online courses (MOOCs).
For more information about this case, including a video message from NAD’s CEO Howard Rosenblum, PDFs of the Harvard and MIT complaints, and examples of inaccurately captioned videos, please visit CREEC’s webpage dedicated to these cases.
While you’re at it, check out the case’s write-ups in the New York Times, Boston Globe, Reuters, Ability Magazine, FastCompany, UPI, ABC News, Boston Herald, The Huffington Post, The Verge, and Harvard’s own student newspaper, The Harvard Crimson.
If you want to show your support for this issue on social media, we’re using the hashtags #MOOC, #deaf, #captions, #highered, and #DeafJustice. Please follow @creeclaw, @DREDF, @NAD1880 and help spread the message!