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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.
Technology, Equality, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education (TEACH) Act
IT Accessibility Risk Statements and Evidence. July 2015. This document was created by the EDUCAUSE IT Accessibility Constituent Group to help identify accessibility risks that IT leaders should consider in their risk management process.
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.
Let us know if you have a policy to contribute to the EDUCAUSE Library.
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
- 7 Things You Should Know About IT Accessibility
August 13, 2014
IT accessibility is the ongoing process by which an organization ensures its current and future IT can be used effectively by everyone , including individuals with disabiliti…
- 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…
- Lightning Round - Technology Accessibility in Higher Ed: You Can Do IT!
October 19, 2011
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2011 Online Annual Conference
Discover the strategies and tactics that are already working in higher education and how people can adapt working processes at their institutions. Also learn where the gaps in current practices exi…
- College Is Hard Enough: Digital Technology Should Work for Everyone
April 7, 2011
Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, Esq. ( email@example.com ), is a Partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP in Baltimore, Maryland. Comments on this article can be posted to the web via th…
- Having Your Cake and Eating It, Too: Making Accessibility Win-Win
January 13, 2011
A session at the Mid-Atlantic Regional Conference 2011
Can you have the best and newest campus technology and electronic instructional material and have it be accessible to your blind faculty and students? Representatives from the National Federation o…
- Accessibility, Faculty Development, and Engaging Learning
April 14, 2009
A session at the EDUCAUSE Western Regional Conference 2009
The California State University has over 10,000 students with disabilities, with a significant year-to-year increase. CSU efforts are currently under way to address how to better serve students wit…
- Seminar 01P - Beyond Policy and Into Practice: Accessibility and the University Mission PLEASE NOTE: Separate registration and fee is required to attend this seminar.
October 28, 2008
A session at the EDUCAUSE 2008 Annual Conference
Moving from reactive, legal-based accommodations to proactive accessible practice and resources requires a significant paradigm shift by the institution and all involved. Though many institutions a…
- Just Because It's Digital Doesn't Mean It's Accessible
March 11, 2008
A session at the NERCOMP Annual Conference 2008
Too often the terms "digital" and "accessible" are used indiscriminately and inaccurately, especially in relation to the needs of students with disabilities. This session will e…
- Accessibility of Instructional Web Sites in Higher Education
July 30, 2007
Accessibility of Instructional Web Sites in Higher Education A collaborative program offers assessment and consultation to instructional Web site developers for Section 508 compliance By …