Information Technology Services
UCOP IT Accessibility Program
Maybe it’s a website, a video, an application, or a training course. If you get to it from a computer, phone, or other electronic device, it needs to be accessible to people with disabilities. To understand the issues, watch this video about students with disabilities.
For students, employees, the general public – technology can be the great equalizer, letting them participate in and contribute to all kinds of programs, activities, jobs, classes... But if the technology isn’t accessible, they’re shut out.
The UCOP IT Accessibility Work Group helps UCOP departments ensure that IT components of their initiatives are accessible. For more information, read the UCOP IT Accessibility Program description (PDF).
Top 6 Issues
- Procurement. Often big applications or projects are managed through RFPs. Talk to local or systemwide Procurement right away about accessibility, follow the accessible procurement guidelines, and ask ITS for assistance.
- Surveys: You’ll get more responses if your survey is accessible to everyone. Use an accessible survey creation tool and follow guidelines for creating accessible surveys.
- Online Training: Online training courses need to be accessible. Follow the accessible procurement guidelines, require accessibility in the contract, and schedule sufficient project time to do vendor education, as well as testing and remediation before launch.
- PDFs: Any PDF posted to the web or distributed broadly should be accessible. Follow the easy guidelines for converting Word documents to accessible PDFs.
- Prioritization: Ensuring accessibility means planning, extra time, and sometimes more resources. Be sure you know what projects are a high priority for accessibility by using this prioritization tool.
- Videos: Videos have to be captioned, clear and simple. Follow the guidance for transcripts and captioning. Consult with ITS if you need technical assistance.