Why Accessibility is Important

Making your web pages accessible ensures their usability by students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Accessibility considerations affect a document's content (the language you use and the tools you provide), the way a document is organized and presented, and the way the actual HTML is written.

Library pages are subject to Section 508 Guidelines, required by Executive Order 926 (effective Jan. 1, 2005) from the CSU Chancellor's Office, which states :

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“The policy of the CSU is to make its programs, services, and activities accessible to students, faculty, staff, and the general public who visit or attend a campus-sponsored event, with disabilities. This policy is in accordance with applicable state and federal laws including, but not limited to, the ADA, 42 U.S.C. § 12101 et seq.; Sections 504 and 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, 29 U.S.C. § 794 et seq.; and applicable state laws, including but not limited to the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA), Government Code § 12940 et seq. and Education Code §§ 67302 and 67310-13”

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"Information Resources and Technologies refer to all programs and services provided to students, faculty, staff, and the general public through computer or electronic media. This includes, but is not limited to computer and network access and services, computer-delivered or enhanced instruction, library electronic information resources, library online catalogs and homepages, campus informational web sites, computer-delivered or assisted administrative services, and voice and video programs and services.

It is the policy of the CSU to make information technology resources and services accessible to all CSU students, faculty, staff and the general public regardless of disability.”

The CSU-wide Accessible Technology Initiative was established to provide an infrastructure whereby the policy set forth in EO 926 could be implemented. One of the procedures established by the ATI is the periodic testing of all campus web pages. This testing is carried out by personnel in the University Web Communications office.

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Last Updated: 28-Jun-2010