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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
February 14, 2012
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative 2012 Annual Meeting
Join us for this learning circle on accessibility, where these questions will guide our discussion: *What are the most common accessibility issues with regard to mobile devices, and how can the…
- Accessibility Compliance in Distance Learning: Barrier-Free Multimedia
January 23, 2007
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2007
This session will focus on solving the problem of accessibilities, which online students with disabilities face in distance-education courses that include multimedia components. By developing a syn…
- Born Digital - and Accessible
January 28, 2013
Join Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, as they moderate this webinar with Larry Goldberg and Madeleine Rothberg of WGBH NCAM. The di…
- Building a Strategic Plan for Online Course Accessibility: A Simple Template to Get You to Compliance
February 4, 2014
A session at the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative Annual Meeting
Online courses offered through Penn State's World Campus are developed both by the World Campus learning design team and by learning design units located in the individual colleges of the univ…
- Coding, Captioning, and Courses: Accessibility in the Digital Age
November 14, 2011
It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of makin g courses more stimulating, engaging, and interactive by adding content such as online videos, virtual worlds, and mobile devices. The …
- Improved Access to Learning for All: A Consortia's Approach to LMS Accessibility
January 23, 2007
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2007
In this session a public consortium shares its look at the state of learning accessibility system (LMS) accessibility and provides both a broad view of LMS accessibility and the practice of site an…
- Inclusive Teaching and Learning Practices: Applications of Universal Design
April 1, 2013
Most postsecondary faculty and administrators desire to make teaching and learning opportunities engaging for all students, but many do not feel fully prepared to ensure that their offerings are …
- Internet Wellness Intervention for Women with Disabilities (Innovative Practice)
January 28, 2008
A session at the ELI Annual Meeting 2008
We are collaborating to create the Garden of Wellness, a web-based, interactive, "serious" game where women with disabilities can actively learn how to improve their physical, psychologic…
- Making Web Accessibility Work for Your Institution Is Everyone's Business
May 31, 2012
Making sure that all students, faculties, and staffs have access to web content is critical in education today. When those individuals have disabilities, access may well depend on what it is th…
- Online Learning with Students, Staff, and Faculty with Disabilities: Knowing the Legal Landscape of Web Accessibility
December 10, 2012
Join Malcolm Brown, EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative director, and Veronica Diaz, ELI associate director, as they moderate this webinar with Cyndi Rowland. Institutions of higher education want to us…