All student-oriented communication and information technology (ICT) systems to be launched by the University of Colorado Boulder must be tested for accessibility.

Accessibility testing can be done on campus through the Accessibility and Usability Lab. It can also be done off campus by a vendor/supplier or a third-party consultant. All third-party testing must follow the standards approved by Dan Jones, CDAO (Chief Digital Accessibility Officer) and ICTARB (ICT Accessibility Review Board).

Goals

  • provide the university with reliable information about the accessibility of web sites and software applications based upon systematic testing
  • communicate to the campus about our work to improve the quality of our IT systems and through that improve the campus environment for the users of assistive technology.

Our people

The staff includes four full-time and part-time employees and six native assistive technology users - current or former students - who are testers. The core staff are:

  • Konstantin Tovstiadi - overall management, external communication, database backend work
  • Paula Vaughan - in-depth testing and reporting
  • Amelia Dickerson - accessibility issues database (on-campus access only), accessibility consulting
  • Kevin Darcy - qualitative and quantitative research program

The lab is located in Norlin Library and can be contacted at aul@colorado.edu.