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Update: As of March 4, 2021, the Los Angeles Community College District, also known as LACCD, withdrawed their intention to file with the U.S. Supreme Court. Please see this Press Release from the LACCD. (Link Is External)

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Teal background. Red partial circle in top left corner overlaid with white graphic of a megaphone and white graphic of blind person walking with a cane. Text headline reads Disability Rights Are At Risk. Text reads What Is Payan VS. LACCD? A 2019 case brought against LACCD by blind students who wanted accessible classroom materials & technology. The students won the case AND an appeal. Rather than upholding its commitment to ‘diversity, equity, inclusion and access for all,’ LACCD wants to take the case to the Supreme Court using a theory of ‘disparate impact’ - in other words, they're arguing that the ADA & Section 504 do not prohibit unintentional discrimination. Why Is This Dangerous? a red arrow points to the right of the slide.
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Text reads Harm Is Harm. Discrimination against people with disabilities is OFTEN unintentional, as many institutions and policies are not designed with accessibility in mind. If the Supreme Court were to rule in favor of the ‘disparate impact’ argument, this would make it much harder for plaintiffs to challenge discriminatory policies that appear neutral but in fact exclude people with disabilities. If the Supreme Court makes it harder to legally challenge unintentional discrimination, this threatens to gut hard-fought legal protections for ALL marginalized groups, nation-wide. What Can You Do? a red arrow points to the right of the slide.
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Text reads Take Action. A graphic of a pen with text: Sign the @DREDF Payan Petition. A graphic of an envelope with text: Email LACCDBOToffice@laccd.edu urging them to back off the ADA & Section 504. A graphic of the Twitter bird logo with text: Tweet your concern to @LACCD and other Los Angeles community colleges. A graphic of a paper airplane with text: Spread awareness and share this info with your social media, student, and disability rights networks. Text reads: Link in bio for more resources and sample scripts. At bottom right of slide, is red partial circle overlaid with white graphic of a megaphone.
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Advocacy Alert Summary

The Americans With Disabilities Act, (also known as ADA), is a law that prohibits discrimination against people with disabilities. Unfortunately, this law is under attack this week as the Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) tries to argue to the Supreme Court that unintentional harm is not prohibited under the law. This case is known as Payan Vs. LACCD.

Case Summary

Blind students who are currently attending LACCD can’t use classroom materials, textbooks, educational platforms, and even websites! This is because of access barriers that the students brought a case in federal court to fix the problems. However, instead of taking steps to remove the barriers to blind students, the college district plans to ask the United States Supreme Court to rule that people with disabilities cannot bring a case under a “disparate impact” theory of discrimination.

Unfortunately, the ruling that the college District wants from the Supreme Court would make it impossible for disabled people to challenge that kind of discrimination!

Resources

Below, you will find a link to one of the tweets from the @armandovias Twitter Account.

A Tweet From Armando Vias About LACCD

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