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ITACCESS  April 2007

ITACCESS April 2007

Subject:

Welcome to the IT Accessibility Constituent Group

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Terry Thompson <[log in to unmask]>

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Wed, 25 Apr 2007 14:38:09 -0700

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Welcome to the IT Accessibility Constituent Group, and thank you EDUCAUSE
for establishing this group. 

As we all know, IT is playing a growing integral role in an increasing
number of functions in the development, management, and delivery of academic
courses, student services, and administrative functions within postsecondary
education institutions. Many of us are also aware that growing numbers of
students with disabilities in the United States are attending college, and
higher education entities have legal and ethical obligations to ensure that
programs and services are accessible to them. 

Given the expanding variety and complexity of available IT, the challenge of
identifying products, strategies, techniques, and workarounds for supporting
learners with disabilities has become that much more difficult. 

This group was established as a venue for EDUCAUSE members to support one
another in the pursuit for an IT environment that is equally effective for
all learners. Its creation was motivated in part by the Current Issues
Roundtable on IT Accessibility at the national EDUCAUSE conference in 2006,
a meeting that attracted approximately 40 participants with a variety of
accessibility-related concerns, questions, problems, and needs for which
they were seeking support.   

This group gives us all an opportunity to brainstorm solutions to individual
accessibility challenges we might face, as well as to discuss the larger
issues of how we might impact the overall accessibility of IT on our
campuses and throughout higher education. 

Thanks in advance to all group participants for their interest in this
important topic, and thanks again to EDUCAUSE for recognizing its
importance. 

Terry Thompson
Senior Computer Specialist
University of Washington

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Participation and subscription information for this EDUCAUSE Constituent Group discussion list can be found at http://www.educause.edu/groups/.

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