[nobe-l] online tutoring

Ashley Bramlett bookwormahb at earthlink.net
Tue Jan 27 23:30:18 UTC 2015

section 508 applies to  government sites only.
so if you are going to site laws, use the ADA.

A better approach is to state your problems, explain your assistive tech and 
explain you would like to use the site.
When people mention laws and violations, some people are scared or put off.

Do your research before writing. you obviously did not know what 508 was.
Be careful. When crafting letters you need your facts straight.


-----Original Message----- 
From: Kelsey Nicolay via nobe-l
Sent: Tuesday, January 27, 2015 6:17 PM
To: nobe-l at nfbnet.org
Subject: [nobe-l] online tutoring

I signed up to be an online tutor with tutor.com.  The signup
process was pretty accessible until it came time for the mock
tutoring session.  They use their own classroom which is
completely unusable with any screen reader.  I contacted the
company about it, but they pretty much said there's nothing they
can do to help me.  This was coming from the tech support staff.
They do not have a version of the classroom that is compatible
with a screen reader and they did not seem willing to even
explore the idea.  As a result, my application had to be put on
hold.  That is unfair since I've come this far and now I can't
tutor just because of an inaccessible website.  I'm pretty sure
the company is in violation of 508.  Am I correct? I am
considering writing a letter to the president of the company
letting him know that their organization is violating several
disability laws.  Therefore, I am posting this message because I
am hoping you all can help me with the content of the letter.  I
want to make sure my voice is heard, but I also don't want to get
in their face about it and come off as sounding rude.  Therefore,
how would you suggest I word the letter? I thought I could tutor
part-time in addition to another job since I really enjoy it.

Thank you,
Kelsey Nicolay

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