Blind Students Sue FSU

By: Jill Chandler Email
By: Jill Chandler Email

Tallahassee, Florida --

Two blind students are suing Florida State University for what they call
discrimination.

The students, Christopher S. Toth and Jamie A. Principato, have filed a lawsuit with the help of the National Federation of the Blind.

The students are suing the university because of a math class they took in 2009 which relied heavily on technology that was not easily
accessible to those with disabilities.

The math class used content in a digital format with a program called
"eGrade" that did not work with their screen reader technology. The
screen reader technology allows the students to access digital
information.

The course relied on clickers for class participation, leaving blind
students without a way to participate in class.

The case filed Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Tallahassee states
the university is not complying with the Americans with Disabilities
Act. The act states an institution must provide alternatives to those
with disabilities.

We spoke with the students' attorney, Daniel F. Goldstein, who says the technology is out there to make the information accessible to the
students.

We are still waiting to hear back from Florida State for a comment.


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