Accessibility policies frame standards and expectations for how a college or university’s programs, services, and facilities serve the needs of people with disabilities.
BiographyChristian Vinten-Johansen is a staff member in Penn State’s Information Technology Services, Teaching and Learning with Technology. He is manager of the IT Accessibility Team and co-chair of the university-wide Accessible Technology and Information Initiative (ATI), where he provides leadership in implementing the sweeping terms of Penn State’s settlement with the National Federation of the Blind. The IT Accessibility Team provides user testing, technology support and consulting services to the university, as well as vendors, organizations and institutions of higher education. Christian is a contributor to several important initiatives in higher education. He is co-chair of the EDUCAUSE Accessibility Constituent Group and the IMS Global Accessibility Community of Practice. And, he is a member of the Educational Accessibility Committee, a collaboration of 20 universities, disability advocacy organizations and higher education associations. He is on accessibility advisory groups for Adobe, Workday, Instructure and Box, and the ServiceNow product advisory council; and is active in the International Association of Accessibility Professionals. Christian has been an advocate and practitioner of universal web and software design since 2000. He participates in multi-institution IT accessibility collaborations; leads or participates in numerous university web, technology, and administrative task groups and communities of practice; consults on web accessibility and universal design; and presents on the topics of accessibility standards and regulation, and organizational change, at local and national conferences. New activities are promoting EPUB publishing standards and workflows, especially for STEM educational materials; and developing strategies for organizational change.
Policies concerning the procurement and acquisition of technology provide an opportunity for colleges and universities to increase the accessibility of the tools and services that students and faculty use.
A set of seven guidelines can help colleges and universities create an environment of accessibility for all campus constituents while complying with laws and regulations regarding accessibility of IT resources.