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This website is designed to track and document Cal State Fullerton's response to the CSU's Accessible Technology Initiaive, a systemwide effort to meet the needs of the disabled members of its constituency.

Background

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 Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act; the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Section 255 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996; and California Government Code 11135of 2003 which applies Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act as amended in 1998 to the CSU.

In January 2006, the CSU launched the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) in order to develop the work plan, guidance, and resources to assist campuses in carrying out the accessible technology provisions of EO 926.  Significant consultation took place in the development of this plan.  Those consulted included the Technology Steering Committee (TSC), the Statewide Academic Senate, the Academic Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC), the Provosts Technology Steering Committee (PTSC), the Council of Administration and Business Officers (CABO), Student Affairs Vice Presidents, the CSU Services to Students with Disabilities Advisory .

Systemwide Actions
and Resources

As campuses take action to meet implementation goals, the Chancellor’s Office, through the Accessible Technology Initiative, will support systemwide projects that will assist campuses in their efforts.  One of these projects is the Center for Alternate Media (CAM), established in 2004 to enable the sharing of accessible formats of textbooks amongst CSU campuses.  To further assist campuses, the mission of the CAM will be expanded to include research and development of tools and best practices for the creation of accessible digital content. The name change to the Center for Accessible Media indicates this expanded role. In addition to systemwide projects, the following resources are also available to campuses.  

ATI website: Specific guidelines, tools and resources related to the implementation of the three priorities will be available on the ATI website: www.calstate.edu/accessibility

ATI Staff Consultation: The ATI staff will be available to assist campuses in the development and implementation of their plans.  Please contact the ATI Staff at ati@calstate.edu.

President Gordon Comments on ATI

President Milton A. Gordon

President
Milton A. Gordon

The 23 campuses of the California State University System are undertaking an unprecedented and coordinated effort to bring the CSU into compliance with federal and state laws pertaining to the Americans with Disabilities Act.

It will be a challenge for Cal State Fullerton 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 are already, in many ways, a leader in this area and we are strongly committed to maintaining an environment that guarantees everyone with disabilities full access to its educational programs, activities and facilities.

I have asked Chief Information Technology Officer Amir Dabirian to take the leadership role in this important and challenging project. Mr. Dabirian will serve as the executive sponsor of the Accessible Technology Initiative on the Fullerton campus.

Ensuring the accessibility of information technology and resources is a shared responsibility that cuts across campus lines, and will require an ongoing, overall institutional attention and commitment for its success.

As implementation plans are developed and approved, the campus will be informed. Communications and training are critical to the success of the ATI implementation.

I ask the campus community to support fully the work of Amir and his committees as they go about this important work.

 

 
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