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The Accessible IT Group promotes and supports the inclusion of students with disabilities in the information technology environment of the University of Illinois. Just like curbcuts and ramps made it possible for students in wheelchairs to attend the university in the 1950's we need a new generation of electronic curbcuts and ramps for students with disabilities to participate in today's virtual learning communities of the Internet.
The group collaborates with managers, instructors, developers and designers to improve the accessibility of the campus electronic infrastructure, develops tools to increase awareness and provide quality assurance of accessible web design, and is developing accessible design resources to support development teams in implementing accessible designs.
The mission of Accessible IT Group (AITG) is to promote a campus environment that integrates universal design of information technology resources through outreach, evaluation, collaboration, education, research and adaptive technologies to ensure the inclusion of students with disabilities in the Illinois Experience.
- To promote the use of universal design and accessibility principles and practices.
- To develop a knowledge base on accessible design techniques.
- To maximize effectiveness and accessibility of learning environments.
- Jon Gunderson, Coordinator
- Christy Blew, IT Accessibility Specialist in Training and Outreach
- Lori Lane, IT Accessibility Specialist in Universal Design
- Nicholas Hoyt, Software Development and Interaction Design Specialist
- Section 504 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
- Section 508 (Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
- Americans with Disabilities Act (1990)
- Technology, Education and Copyright Harmonization Act (the TEACH Act, 2002)
- Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act (2007)
- Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act (2010)
- Chancellor's Committee on Access and Accommodations (CCAA)
- Video Captioning Policy
- Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act
- W3C Web Accessibility Content Guidelines 2.0 (WCAG)
- W3C Accessible Rich Internet Applications 1.0
- ePub3 - Digital Book Publishing Standard
- Deque: Internatinoal Disability Statistics Resources
- Educause: IT Accessibility Risk Statements and Evidence
- Higher Ed Accessibility Lawsuits, Complaints, and Settlements (from University of Minnesota - Duluth)
- IT Accessibility: What Campus Leaders Have to Say (from Project DO-IT, University of Washington)