QUESTION. One of our HOA clients has a homeowner who may be interested in running for the board. However, she is blind. Does the association have any legal obligation to provide her with board packets that she will be able to utilize electronic software?
ANSWER. There are enough statutes and case law protecting the disabled that the only sensible course of action is for the association to reasonably accommodate her blindness. In this case, you can simply scan her board packet into a PDF format and provide it to her prior to meetings so her computer can read the documents to her (a feature of Adobe Acrobat). This will enable your blind director to prepare for and participate in meetings.
Attendees. For blind or deaf members attending the meetings, the analysis is different.
ASSISTANCE: Associations needing legal assistance can contact us. To stay current with issues affecting community associations, subscribe to the Davis-Stirling Newsletter.