For anyone who posts content to a website you are bound to hear sooner or later something about this 508 compliancy that you have to adhere to. What is this and who said you have to comply? The fast answer is that it is part of CSU's Accessible Technology Initiative.
Why is compliancy important?
Providing access to persons with disabilities has always been a serious issue for the CSU. Specifically, CSU, Fullerton has demonstrated a commitment to removing barriers and providing accommodation in numerous ways.
By signing Executive Order 926, CSU Chancellor Charles Reed confirmed the CSU's commitment to accessibility and cited that Section 11135 of the California Government Code was amended (by Senate Bill 302, Chapter 784, Statutes of 2003) to clarify that Section 508 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act applies to the CSU.
As a campus web developer, site manager, or administrator responsible for campus web pages, it is your responsibility to assure that the pages on your site meet accessibility standards. All employees who initiate, supervise or produce online content are required to participate in a Section 508 baseline Web accessibility training class. Plans call for the development of a certification process for Web accessibility as well as a process to waive the class requirement for those experienced in the development of accessible online content.
Where does this impact me?
If its something that someone will read, listen to, or pick up and use chances are there is an accessibility component to think about. IT is collaborating with the Purchasing Department to ensure that all purchases are in compliance with the E&IT accessibility requirements. We want to make certain that the technology on our campus is available to as many people as possible.
California Government Code 11135 requires the CSU to comply with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and to apply the accessibility standards published by the U.S. Access Board for electronic and information technology (EIT) products and services that it buys, creates, uses and maintains. EIT is information technology (IT) and any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment, that is used in the creation, conversion, or duplication of data or information. For more information on ATI please follow this link: http://www.calstate.edu/Accessibility