Frequently Asked Questions
What is accessibility?
Accessibility is the application of design principles to make instructional materials, documents, media, web sites and web applications usable by everyone, including persons with disabilities who may be using assistive technologies. It is also the purchase of electronic and information technology (E&IT) products and services that are usable by everyone, including persons with disabilities who may be using assistive technologies.
Why is accessibility important?
Educational institutions are using the Internet and web technologies for information dissemination, service delivery and course delivery. Additionally, the campus website is used for marketing and branding as a tool to reach prospective students and their families. Because core services and information are delivered via the Web, it is critical that all people are able to access the information on the web, whether they have disabilities or not. Web accessibility should be viewed as a necessity and an investment. Well-designed accessible web sites help expedite the delivery of information and services, and are crucial in helping the university fulfill its educational mission.
If we don’t have any students or employees who are disabled, do we still have to be accessible?
Yes. Many disabilities are not visible and you therefore may not always know whether a person has a disability or not. California Government Code 11135 requires that the CSU make its web sites accessible so that employees with disabilities will have access to resources and information on the Internet. In addition, the workplace infrastructure, including its technology infrastructure, should be accessible in preparation for future employees with disabilities so that they are able to be productive from the moment they begin their employment.
What if I have more questions?
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