Comments sought on electronic access initiative

The UC Office of the President is working on an initiative to make its "electronic environment" available to people with disabilities. Campus CIO Pete Siegel is particularly interested in collecting comments from the UC Davis tech community before mid-September.

"As a member of the UC Electronic Accessibility Policy Review Group, and in partnership with Karen Hull, interim associate vice chancellor for human resources [at UC Davis], I ask that you read the draft policy and guidelines documents and submit your comments by Sept. 14 to," he wrote to the Technology Infrastructure Forum this week.

"I encourage you to pay particular attention to the wording of the policy and guidelines, and to share with me your comments and suggestions so I can best represent our campus technical community perspective, both with the UC-wide committee and right here on our campus."

Anyone interested in submitting comments might want to work with their TIF representative to do so, and can find their representative on the list of members.

Hull is leading the accessibility effort at UC Davis and seeking general community comment; Siegel is working with her on the technology side.

The university wants to create a systemwide policy ensuring that its electronic environment--"from Web sites to application systems to desktop and telephone equipment--is accessible to everyone within our community, and especially individuals with disabilities," wrote Kristine Hafner, associate vice president for Information Resources and Communications, in a letter June 28.