In addition to complying with the law, CU Boulder is morally and ethically committed to communicating information to all individuals in a manner that enables them to achieve their academic and professional goals and aspirations. To maximize CU Boulder’s potential to achieve its legal, moral, and ethical commitments in the digital environment, the university has established an information and communication technology accessibility program.
ICT Accessibility Program Principles
- Transparency and open communication to campus leadership and all campus constituents
- Ensure clear accountability for accessibility issues
- Thoroughness and completeness of work
- Measure conformance quality using standards such as W3C or higher education best practices
- Validation versus checklists, that is testing for user success rather than relying solely on attestation
- Value usability and user experience over compliance
- Processes are defensible from the academic, research, and professional perspective
ICT Accessibility Program Governance
The campus ICT Accessibility Program is overseen by the ICT Accessibility Review Board. Members of the board shall include a cross-representation of faculty, staff, students, and administrators. The Vice Chancellor for Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement and the Associate Vice Chancellor for Information Technology appoint board members. The board, in collaboration with the Chief Digital Accessibility Officer (CDAO) is responsible for:
- Approval of campus ICT accessibility standards, best practices, and resource information proposed by the CDAO;
- Reviewing and granting any exceptions to this Policy or the ICT Accessibility Standards;
- Determining the content and frequency of trainings;
- Periodically reviewing and update this Policy and the ICT Accessibility Standards
Current Board Members
- John Meister
- Danielle Yatrakis
- Clayton Lewis
- Blake Reid
- Gwen Pomper
- Teresa Rausch
- Mary Kraus
- Akirah Bradley
- Pramila Patel
- Dan Jones
ICT Accessibility Review Board Partners
- Campus ICT Accessibility Working Group
- ICT Accessibility Training and Awareness Team
2015 - 2018 ICT Accessibility Strategic Goals
- Establish process to identify and monitor for changes to the accessibility of broadly used IT services.
- Achieve improvement of awareness of ICT accessibility resources as measured by annual ICT services accessibility survey.
- Increase outreach communities of individuals with disabilities regarding actions taken to support university accessibility vision.
- Host annual Diverse Learners Awareness Week (DLAW) to increase awareness and showcase campus efforts to support University accessibility vision.
The ICT accessibility program builds on extensive work completed by the IT Service and Applications Accessibility Initiative project.