University takes steps in EIT accessibility

Late last year, YSU entered into an agreement with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights to ensure that the university’s website is fully accessible to all, including to individuals with disabilities.

Since then, the university has formed a work group, created a website, developed non-discrimination notices and is moving forward on several other fronts to ensure its website is in compliance with federal civil rights laws prohibiting discrimination based on disability. The agreement stipulates that the university must be in compliance by Dec. 30, 2015.

Ken Schindler, Chief Technology Officer and Electronic Information Technology Coordinator of this project, is heading the work group to lead the initiative. For more details, visit the Electronic Information Technology Accessibility Compliance website.

In the coming weeks, the university will be providing training for all faculty and staff who are responsible for adding content to the website and/or generating electronic information to be shared with students, employees or the general public. The training will include how to ensure that content is fully accessible to visually and hearing impaired individuals. All employees involved in any way with web content are required to attend. More information on dates, times and registration for training will be forwarded when available.

YSU is committed to making its electronic and information technologies, which includes all information provided though the university’s website, the university’s online learning or e-learning environment and its course management systems, for instance Blackboard technology, accessible to students, prospective students, employees, guests and visitors with disabilities, particularly those with visual, hearing and manual impairments or who otherwise require the use of assistive technology to access information provided through the University’s EIT.