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Colleges and universities have long been responsible for ensuring that persons with disabilities have equitable access to educational opportunities as well as the campus workplace. Federal and state laws require it. As technology has become ever more central to the development and delivery of institutional programs, resources, and services, the importance of providing an accessible technology environment across a college or university has grown. To the extent that technology is critical to the core functions of the institution, the accessibility of that technology to persons with disabilities has become a key factor in determining whether facilities, programs, and services are accessible to them.The 7 Things You Should Know About IT Accessibility details why higher education institutions need to pay attention to this issue.
Accessible Web Design
The EDUCAUSE Accessibility Guidelines guide is a working draft developed by the IT Accessibility Constituent Group at the request of EDUCAUSE staff. It is designed to provide guidance to authors, reviewers, and publishers associated with EDUCAUSE Quarterly (EQ), and to the larger EDUCAUSE community, on how to ensure that web content is accessible to all users, including those with disabilities.
Web Accessibility Toolkit ARL created this toolkit to help research libraries achieve digital accessibility.
North Carolina State University IT Accessibility The Office of Information Technology at North Carolina State University maintains this site as a primary source for the accessibility services and resources it offers. It provides links to relevant legislation and policies (institutional, state, and federal), web accessibility standards, and tools for web accessibility testing. The site also identifies the areas in which IT accessibility consultation services are available to the university community.
University of Washington Information Technology Accessibility This site offers a variety of resources on technology accessibility, including policies and standards (institutional, state, federal, and international), guidelines for producing accessible web pages, information and recommendations on procuring accessible IT, and links to tools and resource sites for addressing IT and web accessibility needs. Of particular note, the site hosts a list of higher education IT and web accessibility policies from nearly a dozen colleges and universities.
WebAIM A program of the Center for Persons with Disabilities at Utah State University, WebAIM (Web Accessibility in Mind) supports a comprehensive array of accessibility information, tools, application reviews, and training services. Institutions seeking to reevaluate and renew their approach to web accessibility can take advantage of WebAIM’s web accessibility implementation model. The program also provides free access to a tool for assessing the accessibility of any web content, WAVE, and the WebAIM blog includes reviews of assistive technologies for web access.
The U.S. Department of Justice's Americans with Disabilities (ADA) website includes the following information:
- Frequently Asked Questions About the June 29, 2010, Dear Colleague Letter
- A Guide to Disability Rights Laws
- ADA Standards for Accessible Design
- ADA Questions and Answers
The Australian Human Rights Commission website on World Wide Web and information accessibility includes information on;
Library Items on this Topic
EDUCAUSE Library Items for Accessibility
- IT Accessibility for CIOs and Campus Leaders: Strategies and Solutions
November 20, 2013
A session at the EDUCAUSE LIVE! - IT Accessibility for CIOs and Campus Leaders
In this presentation CIOs and campus accessibility leaders will share with you strategies, solutions, and resources for how to address IT accessibility on your campus. Two CIOs, Bruce Maas from t…
- The Role of Campus Leadership in Ensuring IT Accessibility
November 29, 2012
“Everyone should have an opportunity to participate in higher education.” With those words, Michael K. Young, President of the University of Washington, opens a new video from his inst…
- IT Accessibility in Higher Education, Present and Future
October 20, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
As capabilities advance and demands increase, colleges and universities continue doing more with technology in more areas. This raises concerns about the extent to which institutions consider and…
- Beyond Compliance: Strategies to Increase Online Accessibility and Engagement for Students with Disabilities
October 19, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Annual Conference
Approximately 20% of the population and 11% of postsecondary students identify themselves as having a disability. With increasing online enrollments, institutions must go beyond compliance and in…