The CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI)
"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."
The California State University System is undertaking an unprecedented and coordinated effort to bring the CSU into compliance with federal and state laws pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act. Under Section 508, agencies must give disabled employees and members of the public access to information that is comparable to the access available to others.
In January 2006, the CSU launched the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) , stressing the importance of ensuring access to information technology and resources to individuals with disabilities, and emphasizing the shared responsibility for complying with the requirements for web accessibility, instructional materials accessibility, and accessible electronic and information technology procurement.
Achieving accessibility will require collaboration among all instructional, student service, and administrative units, faculty, staff, the bookstore, and Information Technology to achieve the three ATI priorities:
Beginning September 1, 2007 all new and updated administrative, instructionally-related, and campus information webs pages, applications, and content will, at a minimum conform to baseline accessibility standards as defined in Section 508: (www.access-board.gov/sec508/standards.htm). Additionally, campuses will have established procedures for providing accessible textbooks in a timely manner to students who request such accommodation.
Instructional Materials Accessibility
Beginning September 1, 2008 the development of new courses and new course content, including instructional materials and instructional websites will incorporate accessible design. These materials will include course syllabi, electronic documents (Word, Excel, PDF, etc), PowerPoint presentations, and captioned video / audio files.
Procurement of Accessible Electronic and Information Technology (E&IT)
The CSU is required to purchase E&IT products and services that conform to the standards established for each category of covered items, including web applications, hardware, software, telecommunications, multimedia, and self-contained closed products like copiers, fax machines, kiosks, etc.
Ultimately, by September, 2012 ALL new and existing campus-related web pages and instructional materials must be made accessible. Realistically, there will be instances when accessible materials will not be possible to provide, either because of the lack of technology or extraordinary cost. If remediation or replacement of instructional materials/information is not possible or would constitute an undue burden, then a plan to provide an equally effective alternate form of access must be developed, documented, and communicated.
Finally, each campus will develop and report on an assessment process to determine the outcomes achieved and the effectiveness of their ATI implementation plan. Campuses will adjust their strategies and actions as necessary based on assessment results.