Accessibility in Higher Education: Accessibility's Legal Landscape


Cost: $100

This badge course presents the legal issues associated with accessibility in higher education and related industries. The course begins with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and continues to cover up-to-date court cases, consent decrees, and other legislation and legal documents that address accessibility.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this badge, students will be able to:

  • Explain the importance of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to institutions receiving federal dollars through the Department of Education.
  • Recognize the impact of WCAG 2.0 standards on accessibility law and regulation.
  • Recognize the distinction between ADA, 504, and 508.
  • Present a timeline of accessibility law development from a civil rights perspective.

Credit Hours
Success in this 0.5 credit hour course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of 7.5 hours over the length of the course in direct instruction as provided by the instructor and an additional 15 hours outside of class reading, reflecting, and evaluating the topics for a total of 22.5 hours.

Grading Scale: Badge/No Badge

Evaluation: 100% completion of badge criteria


Carolyn Speer, PhD

Carolyn joined the MRC as an Instructional Designer in 2014. Prior to that, she worked as an Assistant Professor of English at Friends University and later as a freelance online Instructional Designer and online Political Science professor with various colleges across the country. Carolyn has her BA in Political Science from the University of Kansas and her MA in Political Science from the University of Iowa. In 2005, she received her Ph.D. in Adult and Continuing Education from Kansas State. Since then, she has attended two years of culinary school at the Iowa Culinary Institute and is now finishing an MA in History at Wichita State.

Carolyn brings over twenty years of teaching and curriculum development experience along with her personal dedication to lifelong learning. She is student-driven in her approach to course and program development, and begins every project with the question, “what do the students need and want from this experience?”


CRN Course # Term
26849 CSD 420 BM Spring 2021