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Fair Use mediates the rights of copyright holders and those of students to auxiliary aids for purposes of accessibility where
DCCC strives to provide inclusive and accessible educational programs as regulated by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 Title II (State and Local Governments) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.
These acts speak to the obligations of public colleges, and colleges receiving funds from the US Department of Education, in ensuring equitable access to education programs for students with disabilities.
US Department of Education enacts, and its Office for Civil Rights enforces, regulations under Section 504 for postsecondary institutions (34 CFR 104). 34 CFR 104.44 details Academic Adjustments required under the regulation, including auxiliary aids: "taped texts, interpreters or other effective methods of making orally delivered materials available to students with hearing impairments, readers in libraries for students with visual impairments, classroom equipment adapted for use by students with manual impairments, and other similar services and actions."
US Department of Justice enacts, and US Department of Education enforces, regulations under Americans with Disabilities Act Title II for postsecondary institutions (28 CFR 35). 28 CFR 35.160 details accessible communications, including auxiliary aids and services. The ADA Title II Technical Assistance Manual provides examples of auxiliary aids and services:
US Department of Education Office for Civil Rights synthesizes the responsibilities of postsecondary institutions under both Section 504 and ADA Title II in the guide, "Auxiliary Aids and Services for Postsecondary Students with Disabilities" (1998).
Copyright law also provides for the use of protected works for purposes of accessibility, including under 17 USC § 121 (the Chafee Amendment) and the Sixth Triennial Section 1201 Exemptions to provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA; 17 USC §1201), which allows the circumvention of technological measures of copyright protection (ex. DRM) for purposes of providing access to electronic literary works using assistive technology.
The Association of Research Libraries provides further guidance on the Chafee Amendment and Fair Use and on captioning under copyright law in light of equitable access to library resources and services.