With the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act, many colleges and universities have offered students with physical limitations the same access and accommodations to help these students succeed. Online education and online degree programs present a new set of challenges for institutions to overcome in order to comply with the ADA laws. According to an article in Inside Higher Education, online courses must comply to the guidelines in the ADA, or the institution could be held liable.
In this article, American Council for the Blind has expressed concerns about the growing amount of online coursework that may put those with visual challenges at a disadvantage. While companies such as Blackboard and Google are working to help support the ADA guidelines, advocates for the students with disabilities believe that technology may evolve too rapidly. This could prevent students access to online content and prevent universities from experimenting with new technologies.
You can read more at Inside Higher Education.