Americas Jan 21, 2017
Among the short-term recommendations made by the Chancellor’s Workgroup on Diversity and Inclusion was the adoption of a Universitywide policy on information and communication technology (ICT) accessibility. A broad-based University committee has met monthly since April 2015 and completed a draft of the policy that has been reviewed by the provost and the senior vice president and chief human resources officer, and faculty and student stakeholders. The policy is now available for review and comment on the University’s technology accessibility website. Once the comment period has closed, feedback will be reviewed and considered. The policy will then be vetted by the University’s Policy Advisory Committee as set forth in the University’s policy process.
To encourage discussion and understanding of the policy and its ramifications, four public comment sessions will be held. Sessions are scheduled as follows:
Monday, Jan. 23, 10-11:15 a.m., 500 Hall of Languages
Thursday, Feb. 2, 3:30-4:45 PM, 500 Hall of Languages
Wednesday, Feb. 22, 3-4:15 p.m., Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library
Tuesday, Feb. 28, 9-10:15 a.m., Peter Graham Scholarly Commons, 114 Bird Library
All University faculty, students, and staff are welcome to attend. CART and ASL services will be provided. All attendees are encouraged to become familiar with the policy, available on the University’s technology accessibility website.
About the Information and Communication Technology Accessibility Policy
The policy is designed to ensure that all people can effectively access University content on information and communication technologies (ICT). These comprise equipment, systems, technologies or processes for which the principle function is the creation, manipulation, storage, display, receipt or transmission of electronic data and information as well as technology-based equipment.
- academic and administrative software applications
- websites, web-based and mobile applications
- interpreting services for events
- email and electronic documents
- search engines and databases
- multimedia (audio and video)
The policy states:
- ICT services and products shall be accessible to individuals with disabilities.
- ICT shall adhere to International (Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA) and Federal (Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973) standards.
- Events on campus shall be accessible and enable full participation
Priority areas include:
- course content: documents, video and library reserves
- University websites and associated documents
- public non-academic video and audio resources
- auxiliary aids and services for University events
- library multimedia resources
- procurement of information and communication technology
- oversight and support for sustaining ICT accessibility