Accessible Technology Initiative
The California State University (CSU) has an ongoing commitment to provide access to information resources and technologies to individuals with disabilities. This commitment is articulated in the January 2005 Executive Order 926, the CSU Board of Trustees Policy on Disability Support and Accommodations.
“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.”
This policy is premised on federal and state laws including but not limited to:
- Americans with Disabilities Act
The ADA prohibits discrimination based on a person's disability in employment, State and local government programs, private and non-profit businesses (referred to as public accommodations), commercial facilities, transportation, and telecommunications. Under the ADA, an individual with a disability is defined as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, a person who has a history or record of such an impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such an impairment. http://www.ada.gov
Note: The California State Law definition of disability, found in the Fair Employment and Housing Act, is broader under most State laws than the federal definition.
California Government Code 11135
- California Government Code 11135 requires all state agencies (including the CSU) to implement Section 508 and to apply the federal accessibility standards to electronic and information technology (E&IT) products and services that we buy, create, use and maintain. For more information, visit California Government Code 11135.
- Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 508 is a federal law that establishes requirements for electronic and information technology developed, maintained or procured to ensure that people with disabilities have access to and use of information and data that is comparable to the access to and use of the information and data for people without disabilities. For more information, visit Section 508 Standards.
- Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act
Section 504 is about accommodations and addresses specific individual disability needs. Access for the disabled is still a distinct responsibility under 504. Buying accessible products will reduce, but will not alleviate the need for individual accommodation. Individual needs must still be met.
*Although Section 508 and 504 have distinct responsibilities, they are linked in their requirements to provide equal access and protect the civil rights of individuals with disabilities.
CSU, Chico will continue its ongoing commitment to provide access to information resources and technologies to individuals with disabilities. As part of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) work plan from the Chancellor's Office, Chico representatives will participate in campus and system committees to develop guidelines, implementation strategies, tools, and resources. This initiative is detailed in the coded memorandum AA-2007-04 (pdf) titled "Access to Electronic and Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities."
Successful implementation of the ATI at CSU, Chico will require campus wide participation. The process has to be inclusive as it requires individual action by hundreds of faculty and staff. Oversight for ATI implementation will be the responsibility of the ATI Steering Committee whose primary task is to assure the Priority Teams have the support and resources they need to accomplish their tasks. There are three Priority Teams which represent the three ATI priorities:
- Web Accessibility
- Instructional Materials Accessibility
- Accessible Electronic and Information Technology Procurement
Executive and Coded Memoranda
- Executive Memo 07-09, Revisions to the Nondiscrimination Policy Regarding Individuals with Disabilities; supersedes EM 99-21
- Coded Memo AA-2012-03, Access to Electronic and Information Technology for Persons with Disabilities (PDF)
- EO 926