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I&IT staff reviewed nearly 400 purchase requisitions for compliance with the California State University’s Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) in the most recently completed academic year, a 44 per cent increase from the previous year.
Every type of electronic and information technology purchase, as defined by the Section 508 Amendment to the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, from standard Windows and Apple personal computers to specialized hardware and software involving in teaching and learning, was reviewed for compliance.
Some 399 requisitions were reviewed for compliance. Most ATI reviews of specialized equipment were completed within one week. For standard equipment, approval was faster. Items used for instruction involved longer reviews if accessibility and learning objective information were not readily available. However, those requisitions were completed as quickly as possible.
A multi-division committee consisting of Debra Garr, Procurement & Asset Management Lead in Procurement & Support Services; Carol Heins Gonzales, Associate Director of I&IT Support and the university’s Accessible Technology Coordinator; Carmen Munoz-Silva, Director Diversity & Compliance; Adam Navarro, Assistive Technology Coordinator at the Disability Resource Center; and Catherine Schmitt Whitaker, Director of the Disability Resource Center; meets regularly to discuss ATI compliance and to review complicated requisitions.
Cal Poly Pomona is considered throughout the CSU to be a leader in ATI compliance, both with the university’s early commitment to ATI and in compliance enforcement. Cal Poly Pomona participates with other CSU campuses in communities related to ATI compliance (procurement, web and instructional materials).
“In reviewing technology purchases, we have to consider how faculty, staff and students will interact with the new technology and whether there are accessibility limitations that would prevent someone with a disability from equal and effective access,” said Dr. Gonzales. “We pay particular attention to those items that are used campus-wide or used in instruction to ensure equal and effective access to campus services and instructional learning objectives.”
To improve processing of purchase requisitions, I&IT Support hired additional student assistants to help with the ATI reviews. Students assisted with researching the purpose of the technology items as well as analyzing requisitions to identify how the equipment is used and how it might present accessibility limitations.
I&IT has reached out to the university in assisting with ATI compliance, utilizing such avenues as webinars and specialized faculty and staff group training. One-on-one assistance is provided to review planned purchases, identify potential accessibility limitations and to jointly develop plans to ensure equal and effective access.
Further information on the university’s ATI is available at accessibility.
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This page was last updated on July 5, 2011.