Staff Resources

Understanding Disability

Understanding the Accessible Technology Initiative

The goal of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) is 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. Coded memorandum (AA-2013-03)and executive order (EO 926) from the Chancellor's Office set forth a road map for ensuring accessibility of information technology and resources in compliance with federal and state laws and CSU policy.

Creating Accessible E-mail

Create Accessible E-mail Messages

The three priorities of ATI are:

  • Web Accessibility - The need to make websites, web applications, and digital content accessible.
  • Instructional Materials - The need to make instructional materials and online course materials available to students with disabilities at the same time they are available to all students.
  • Procurement - The need to incorporate accessibility standards when acquiring new Electronic and Information Technology (EE&IT) products.

Understanding Your Role in ATI

Achieving the accessibility of information technology and resources is a shared re- sponsibility for the entire campus community. Staff can provide support in many ways, including:

  • Become familiar with accessibility and the needs of individuals with disabilities.
  • Develop accessible Digital Content: programs, presentations and documents that are accessible to people with disabilities.
  • Follow Section 508 guidelines for E&IT purchases.

Creating Accessible Digital Content

Cheat Sheets for Creating Accessible Digital Content

Word 2010

PowerPoint 2007

Microsoft Excel

Adobe Acrobat PDF


The CSU is required by Section 508 to purchase electronic and information technology (E&IT) products and services that conform to the standards established for each category of covered items. See the Procurement section for more information.

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