Educause adds IT accessibility resource

Educause has launched a new IT Accessibility discussion list, which people at UC Davis might find useful as they seek to align campus Web access with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The Educause discussion group, led by senior computer specialist Terry Thompson of the University of Washington, will:
  • assess the scope of issues of IT accessibility.
  • identify resources and initiatives.
  • develop best practices on policy and on developing assistive programs and services.
  • and generally focus on how to approach campuswide universal access to information available via technology, through discussions both inside and outside of campuses.
Educause, a nonprofit based in Boulder, Col., seeks to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology. The group offers free resources--including publications, Web seminars, presentations, effective practices, discussion groups, conference materials, and a searchable library--on subjects ranging from cybersecurity and networking to the law and teaching.

    Dennis Shimek, senior associate vice chancellor of human resources, is leading UC Davis efforts to support a systemwide UC initiative supporting the ADA. (He and Pete Siegel, vice provost for Information and Educational Technology, are two of the 15 members of the UC Electronic Accessibility Policy Review Group.)

    The UC Davis effort includes a campus committee working on the parts of the ADA related to Web access. A useful resource in that work is the University of California "Designing Accessible Web Sites" page.