Letter for Use by Parents of K-12 Students in Response to School’s Implementation of Inaccessible Software
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SENT VIA EMAIL
RE: Request under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for *Student’s Name*
I write concerning the above-referenced matter. Please note that *Student’s Name* has been diagnosed as having *Diagnosis*. As a result of *Diagnosis*, *Student’s Name* is substantially limited in engaging major life activities including, but not limited to: seeing, gathering information using vision, and interacting with technology using vision.
I make this request as the parent (or legal guardian) of *Student’s Name*, who attends *School District Name*. Currently, *School District Name* allows the use of the following software in its schools:
*Inaccessible software list*
This software does not provide blind/low vision students using assistive technology an equal opportunity to achieve the same result or the same level of achievement as others. Moreover, this software inhibits blind/low vision students like *Student’s Name* from being able to engage in communication that is as effective as communication with students without disabilities.
In order to allow *Student’s Name* to participate in and meaningfully access the benefits, services, programs, and activities of *School District Name* and to have effective communication means to do so, I request that *School District Name* prohibit the use of the inaccessible software listed above for all individuals in the district and either (1) choose an accessible alternative or (2) provide accommodations or modifications that permit *Student’s Name* to receive all the educational benefits provided by the technology in an equally effective and equally integrated manner.
I hereby request that *School District Name* implement the foregoing requests made pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act and pursuant to Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. Please let me know if you have any questions about this request. I thank you in advance for your efforts to provide *Student’s Name* with access to the educational curriculum and programs at *School District Name*.
I look forward to hearing from you soon and to working with you and your staff to ensure equal access for blind individuals at *School District Name*.
*Makers of inaccessible software, email address*
National Federation of the Blind, [email protected]