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Accessible Technology Initiative

The Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) reflects The California State University's ongoing commitment to provide access to information resources and technologies to individuals with disabilities. This commitment is articulated in Executive Order 926 (EO 926), the CSU Board of Trustees Policy on Disability Support and Accomodations:

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 California State University

ATI Initiatives


"To create a culture of access for an inclusive learning and working environment."


"To help CSU campuses in carrying out EO926 by developing guidelines, implementation strategies, tools and resources."


"To apply universal design, an approach to the design of products and services to be usable by the greatest number of people including individuals with disabilities."


"To stimulate collaboration to effect changes that will ultimately benefit all."

-The California State University

Resource Links:

Executive Order 926 (EO 926)

CSU Coded Memorandum AA-2013-03

Campus Accesibility Strategy for Online Education

CSU Instructional Materials Timelines and Milestones

Cal Maritime's ATI Oversight Committee


Instructional Materials

"The California State University is committed to ensuring that all campus Information Resources and Technologies are fully accessible for persons with disabilities. This commitment reflects a goal to provide the most effective learning environment for all students--rather than simply to ensure compliance with various federal and state laws."

"Instructional Materials are considered to be forms of communication and must therefore be delivered in a manner that is equally effective for persons with disabilities. Communication is considered to be equally effective when it is:"

"Comparable in quality to those received by students without disabilities"

"Comparable in timeliness of delivery and availability"

"Provided in a manner and medium appropriate to the significance of the message and the abilities of the person receiving the material"

-The California State University

Resource Links:

Cal Maritime's Instructional Materials Accessibility Plan

Instructional Materials/Accessible Document Resources


Accessible Procurement

"The CSU Accessible Procurement Process was developed as a collaborative effort among six CSU Campuses and the Chancellor's Office as part of a system-wide effort to create a standardized procurement process that could be adopted or adapted by any one of the 23 CSU campuses."

-The California State University

"Any public solicitation process developed by campuses shall be compliant with all applicable regulations and guidelines issued pursuant to the ADA and California Government Code ยง 11135 so as not to deny persons with disabilities the opportunity to participate in the competition for the contract award."

- Executive Order 926, The California State University

Resource Links:

Cal Maritime's Electronic & IT Accessibility Plan

CSU Procurement Timelines and Milestones


Web Accessibility

"The CSU is committed to ensuring accessibility of its web sites, web content and web applications for people with disabilities. It is the right thing to do, the smart thing to do, and it is the law."

-The California State University 

Resource Links:

Cal Maritime's Web Accessibility Plan

CSU Web Timelines and Milestones

Section 508 Information

Colour Constrast Analyzer

Functional Accessibility Evaluator

Cryptzone's HiSoftware


Additional Resources and Information


Professional Development for Accessible Technology

"This site provides a library of resources on accessibility. You will find training materials that other campuses have created, materials created and recommended by the ATI, Webinar archives, Spotlights on Faculty in the CSU, and promotional and awareness materials, such as the "From Where I Sit" video series. The library of resources are intended to help faculty and staff learn or teach the accessibility of documents, multimedia, procurement and website accessibility."

-The California State University 


Center for Accessible Media (CAM)

"CAM is a centralized web-based application allowing alternate media staff at CSU and UC campuses to list, identify, and distribute accessible, electronic reading materials (predominantly textbooks) for use by eligible students with print disabilities. Since its inception in 2004, CAM has logged 21,000 holdings and facilitated more than 7,000 exchanges of reading materials. The goals for operating CAM include reducing redundant alternate media production efforts, increasing timeliness of delivery, providing system-wide tracking of alternate media inventory and request data, providing campus advocacy to publishers and distributors of reading materials, and coordinating research and training on promising practices in alternate media production. 


-The California State University 



ATI Community of Practice

"This site allows CSU individuals involved in the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) on campuses and the Chancellor's Office to communicate and share information about ATI related topics. It is also in use for the Executive Sponsors Steering Committee (ESSC) and the ATI Leadership Council. The site includes announcements of events such as CoP meetings and webinars, notes of meetings, a library of materials and threaded discussions. 


-The California State University 



The Center for Usability in Design and Accessibility (CUDA)

"CSU Long Beach and the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) at the CSU Chancellor's Office have partnered to provide accessibility evaluation services to the CSU system with funding from the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF). CUDA has just completed renovating its testing lab to accommodate testing users with disabilities and to support expanded accessibility testing. CUDA and the ATI have also developed and continue to refine basic accessibility testing methodologies.

The CETF grant will provide limited support through the Spring of 2011 for CUDA to conduct accessibility testing of electronic and information technologies for the CSU system and campuses.


-The California State University 



California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF)

"CETF provides leadership statewide to close the 'Digital Divide"'by accelerating the deployment and adoption of broadband to unserved and underserved communities and populations."





"From Where I Sit"

"'From Where I Sit' is a powerful video series of eight CSU students with disabilities who share their experiences in the college classroom. They tell their stories by answering five questions:

What is your disability?

What made you decide to come to college?

What is it like in the classroom?

What do you have to do to keep up with the class?

What suggestions can you offer to faculty that will make their classroom more accessible?

A unique aspect of this series is the inclusion of faculty responses. A panel of faculty members viewed each video and discussed the issues raised. Their comments are captured and made available in the Faculty Responses section that follows each student's story. Including faculty responses highlights the need for dialogue and for serious consideration of what is required to support both students and faculty in creating a more accessible and inclusive learning environment."

-The California State University