The Newsletter for SDSU Student Affairs
The Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) reflects the California State University’s (CSU) ongoing commitment to provide access to information resources and technologies to individuals with disabilities. This commitment is articulated in Executive Order 926 (EO926), the CSU Board of Trustees Policy on Disability Support and Accommodations, which requires the CSU to comply with federal 508 accessibility requirements.
“It is the policy of the CSU to make information technology resources and services accessible to all CSU students, faculty, staff and the general public regardless of disability.”
Following are components of the Accessible Technology Initiative:
“I expect every single Web page affiliated with Student Affairs to be compliant with the federal 508 requirements on or before the deadlines specified by the Chancellor’s office,” said Vice President James R. Kitchen. “We are fortunate to have an expert on the ATI right here in our division, Keith Parks. Of course, being only one person, he cannot do it alone, so I encourage anyone working on Web sites in the division to be diligent to ensure compliance.”
“It’s important to note the various timelines within the ATI,” said Parks. “As of September 1 of this year, all new or updated content needs to conform to accessibility standards. This means existing sites may remain as they are for the time being. However, we have only until May 15, 2009 to bring those existing Web sites and Web applications into 508 compliance, as well as bring them up to other standards laid out in the ATI.”
Understanding what Web accessibility means from the user’s perspective is key to creating Web pages that work for persons with disabilities. These videos were provided by CSU Fresno and cover:
See more information and videos from the CSU Chancellor’s Office.