The systemwide UC Information Technology Accessibility Policy has been approved and is effective as of August 27, 2013. The policy promotes and supports an accessible IT environment within the University. By supporting IT accessibility, the University helps ensure that as broad a population as possible is able to access, benefit from, and contribute to its electronic programs and services.

The Policy and Requirements are structured to give locations the flexibility to develop and support an IT accessibility Program that reflects local needs and resources. The Programs are intended to help locations address IT accessibility in a holistic manner, balancing the academic, research, and administrative needs against the realities of resource constraints and technology limitations. Locations will need to prioritize IT accessibility efforts and continually work toward achieving a more accessible IT environment. IT accessibility is not a one-time Universitywide effort but needs to be incorporated into every IT activity on an ongoing basis.

IT accessibility is a rapidly developing field. One area where standards have emerged is web-based technologies. The requirements document establishes WCAG 2.0 Level AA as the standard for University web content. WCAG 2.0 is a widely accepted standard for web content that was developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

In support of the policy, the UC Electronic Accessibility Leadership Team will continue to develop information resources to assist locations in addressing IT accessibility.