Accessible Technology Initiative

Accessible Instructional Materials

The CSU System requires faculty to provide accessible materials as part of the CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI). The Accessible Technology Initiative calls for accessible classroom materials and includes all course materials and university websites. Existing material may need to be revised or reformatted to allow access to all viewers/students. Failure to create or provide accessible materials on other campuses has resulted in lawsuits on other campuses which can be seen on the Higher Education Lawsuits page.

The Technology and Learning Program (TLP) has many resources to help faculty make their course materials accessible to all students on the Instructional Materials Accessibility Web site.

Tips for Faculty:

  • Order textbooks 6 weeks in advance of the start of the semester. This allows the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC) time to acquire or create an electronic version. 
  • Use BlackBoard to communicate and post content for students. Posting on BlackBoard allows you to maintain accessible course content.
  • Take advantage of workshops, tutorials and consultations available. There is help available to make your course materials accessible. Visit TLPs accessibility webpage and the campus knowledge base for tutorials and more information about making your instructional materials accessible.

For more information about the CSU system ATI Instructional Materials goals, visit the Chancellor’s Office Accessibility pages.