To: Campus Community
From: Paul J. Zingg, President
Subject: Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI)
On September 28, 2006 the CSU Office of the Chancellor released coded memorandum AA-2006-41 (http://calstate.edu/acadaff/codedmemos/AA-2006-41.pdf) on Access to Electronic and Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities. This memorandum outlines a roadmap for campus implementation of CSU Executive Order No. 926 (http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-926.html) which states:
"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."
I encourage you to read these documents as they will have significant impact on instruction and communication at CSU, Chico for the future.
It will be a challenge for CSU, Chico to meet the aggressive timeline set out by the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI), but we must do so to comply with federal and state laws. We recognize, however, that our real goal is assuring all instruction and communication is accessible to those with disabilities. In this regard, I hope CSU, Chico will be a leader in the system, as we have consistently demonstrated in instructional and informational technology.
Successful implementation of the Accessible Technology Initiative at CSU, Chico will require campuswide participation. Three priorities have been identified in the Executive Order:
* Web accessibility
* Instructional materials accessibility
* Accessible electronic and information technology procurement
Teams have been created to address these priorities. A steering committee reporting to Cabinet will coordinate efforts to assure that the required policies, procedures, and internal audits are in place. The instructional materials team, working with the Academic Senate, will create plans, support structures, and best practices to assist faculty in developing accessible instructional materials.
It is important to remember that Chico already has expertise and resources in place (e.g., faculty currently providing accessible materials, Disability Support Services (DSS), Information Resources, the Associated Students (AS) Book Store, participation in a federal grant, Ensuring Access through Collaboration and Technology (EnACT), and others) to assist with the implementation of the ATI.
I am confident that together we can meet our legal and policy mandates while improving the learning environment for our students.
More information about the project can be found on the Information Resources website http://www.csuchico.edu/ires/projects/accessibleTechnology/
Thank you for your attention to these matters and your dedication to meeting the needs of our students.