Information & Computer Access Program
The Information & Computer Access Program, or ICAP, is a subunit of the Office of Disability Support Services (DSS). Our team of staff assists DSS by providing registered students with accommodations of accessible technology and accessible instructional materials. ICAP also plays an important role to ensure the accessibility of the University's electronic and information technology.
Accessible technology, or AT, is any product (hardware or software), or a solution using a combination of products that is used by individuals with disabilities to maintain, increase, or improve functional capabilities. There is a wide range of AT as it can be low tech such as the use of a cardboard poster board with paper cut-outs to communicate. It can also be high tech such as the use of special purpose computers to perform specific sets of instructions.
While the most commonly used AT computer hardware are switches, alternative keyboards, and pointing devices; the most commonly accessible technology computer software include screen-readers, screen magnification, and scan & read programs. AT also includes wheelchairs, walkers, height-adjustable desks, head trackers, specialized learning materials, and communication software.
The Assistive Technology Industry Association cites that different disabilities require different accessible technologies. As such, AT includes products and services that help people who have difficulty speaking, typing, writing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, etc.
For more information about the accessible technology ICAP provides, please visit our Accessible Technology page.
Accessible Instructional Materials
Accessible instructional materials (AIM) refer to all course materials (textbooks, handouts, notes, etc.) that have been converted to an accessible format or made accessible for users of accessible technology. While we are in the digital age, many course materials are still in print format; thus, many individuals with print disabilities require accessible instructional materials such as digital text, large print, audio, Braille, and/or a specialized computer format.
ICAP processes a high volume of accessible instructional materials requests each semester. Because the time it takes to convert each request varies depending on the type of instructional material and format requested by the student, it is highly important that faculty submit their textbook orders to their department's coordinator before the textbook adoption deadline. Additionally, students should submit their requests for accessible instructional materials soon after registering for their classes to ensure that course materials will be made accessible to them in a timely manner.
For more information about the accessible instructional materials ICAP provides, please visit our Accessible Instructional Materials page.
Accessible Technology Initiative
In addition to providing accommodations of accessible technology and accessible instructional materials to students enrolled with the DSS office, ICAP also works collaboratively with administrators, staff, and faculty at California State University, Fullerton to ensure the University meets accessibility requirements. The DSS office provides special programs and services which are required of federal legal requirements. Some of these include the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, and Section 508 as amended in 1998. While these legal requirements also apply to ICAP, this program also actively participates in CSUF's planning and enforcement of the CSU Chancellor's Office Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI).
The California State University's ongoing commitment to provide access to electronic and information technology can be seen in ATI and articulated in Executive Order 926 (EO 926) , which states the following:
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.
At CSUF, ATI is headed by the ATI Steering Committee and its Subcommittees of Web Accessibility, Instructional Materials Accessibility, and Electronic & Information Technology Procurement. The DSS Director serves on the ATI Steering Committee while the ICAP Coordinator serves on its subcommittees.
For additional information about ATI, visit CSUF's ATI website or the CSU Chancellor's Office Accessible Technology Initiative website. To report any web accessibility issues, please go to http://www.fullerton.edu/ati/reportati.