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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.
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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;
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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…
- Senate Companion to Petriâ€™s TEACH Act Introduced
April 28, 2014
On February 27, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) introduced S. 2060 , the Technology, Equality, and Accessibility in College and Higher Education Act (TEACH Act). The bi…
- Microsoft Accessibility: Technology for Everyone
July 27, 2011
Technology has the potential to change individual lives and entire communities when people have effective access to use it. As our global society becomes increasingly more diverse and dependent …
- Elaborating on Online Accessibility
May 27, 2011
The Department of Education elaborated on a 2010 letter urging college and university presidents to make sure that the “emerging technology” on their campuses squares with federal laws pro…
- College Is Hard Enough: Digital Technology Should Work for Everyone
April 7, 2011
Sharon Krevor-Weisbaum, Esq. ( firstname.lastname@example.org ), is a Partner at Brown, Goldstein & Levy LLP in Baltimore, Maryland. Comments on this article can be posted to the web via th…
- Colleges Lock Out Blind Students Online
December 12, 2010
Darrell Shandrow, a journalism student who is blind, can navigate around Arizona State U. just fine But he was stymied by Spanish 101, which uses an online workbook inaccessible to blind student…
- Web 2.0 and Accessibility
January 1, 2007
This lecture was presented by The Cornell University Computer Policy and Law Program. The next generation web has arrived. Social Networks, User-Created Content, Rich Media, and the Mobile Web are…
- Information Technology Accessibility in Higher Education: Research and Promising Practices
June 7, 2005
Federal law requires higher education entities to ensure that qualified students with disabilities have equal access to programs and services, including those that use information technology. In …
- Accessible Technology: Opening Doors for Disabled Students
January 7, 2004
Accessible technology helps higher education institutions improve information delivery, especially to students with disabilities. Accessible tech…
- Electronic Ramp to Success: Designing Campus Web Pages for Users with Disabilities
January 1, 2002
As colleges and universities put resources and services online, access by users with disabilities becomes increasingly vital. As colleges and universit…