What’s Law got to do with it? Accessibility as a civil right of UMass students, faculty and staff

Date & Time

Monday, July 9, 2018 - 2:15pm to 3:15pm


Digital accessibility is a civil right because with accessibility there is inclusion and participation. Without accessibility people with disabilities are locked out and unable to participate in the online world and other aspects of today’s technology. Join one of the country’s leading disability rights lawyers for a conversation about accessibility as a civil right of students, faculty and staff. What is happening in the digital accessibility legal space and what can higher education professionals do to stay ahead of the legal curve? Digital accessibility is not just about websites: best practices mandate a holistic approach to accessibility for all technologies. How can accessibility champions use the civil rights foundation of digital access to create a culture of tech and information inclusion across the U Mass system?

Recorded Session

Accessibility as a Civil Right

About the Presenter/Presenters

Lainey Feingold is a disability rights lawyer focused on digital access, an international speaker, and the author of Structured Negotiation, A Winning Alternative to Lawsuits. Lainey's book is packed with win-win stories of accessibility advocacy with some of the largest organizations in the U.S., all without lawsuits. In 2017 Lainey was named one of 13 Legal Rebels by the ABA Journal, the national magazine of the American Bar Association, and was the individual recipient of the John W. Cooley Lawyer as Problem Solver award, given annually by the Dispute Resolution Section of the ABA. Lainey has twice been recognized with a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year (CLAY) award (2000 and 2014) for her digital accessibility and Structured Negotiation legal work. More information at www.lflegal.com, follow Lainey on Twitter at www.twitter.com/lflegal, or connect on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/laineyfeingold/. Both her parents are graduates of UMass Amherst (class of 1954).