UDC

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Welcome to the Universal Design Center

Accessibility Statement

California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is committed to ensuring that the campus web environment is accessible to everyone. As a community, we work together to address the usability and accessibility of the web sites contained within CSUN’s web environment.

The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (504) require that qualified individuals be provided equal access to programs, services, and activities. California Government Code 11135 applies Section 508 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, as amended in 1998, to State entities and to the California State University (CSU) System. Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act was enacted to eliminate barriers in information technology, to make new opportunities available to people with disabilities and to encourage development of technologies that will help achieve these goals. The California State University System statement on accessibility is articulated in Executive Order 926.

Below are the compliance standards used in support of the federal and state legislation as well as the CSU Policy:

Key accessibility features include:

  • Alternative text descriptions for meaningful non-text elements.
  • Structural markup to identify headings and lists.
  • Association of form fields with proper labels.
  • Association of all data cells in a data table with column and row headers.
  • Sites that working with or without Style Sheets used to enhance the appearance of sites.

Web evaluations are conducted to report problems regarding the accessibility and usability of web applications within the CSUN web environment.Some testing is done on individual department web sites and all campus areas are trained on compliance standards.

  • The HiSoftware Compliance Sheriff Accessibility Module is used to conduct regular tests within the CSUN web domain. Additional manual testing is conducted as needed based on the findings.
  • The Universal Design Center also provides more extensive testing on enterprise level products purchased, promoted, or supported by campus.

To report accessibility or usability problems, please contact the webpage owner. In addition, you may also contact the Universal Design Center to report any accessibility or usability problems, and to make suggestions regarding web page improvements. We value the insights and ideas you may share as a visitor to these web pages.

Mission

Our mission is to assist the campus community in creating pathways for individuals to learn, communicate, and share via information technology.  Part of the mission is to help the campus community design-in interoperability, usability, and accessibility into information technology so that individual learning and processing styles, or physical characteristics are not barriers to accessing information.

The role of the UDC is to help CSUN implement business practices which enables the campus to meet policy standards within the Accessible Technology Initiative Coded Memorandum AA-2013-03.

How does Universal Design relate to ATI?

The principles of Universal Design are based on teaching to all students regardless of their individual processing styles or characteristics. Disability is just one of many characteristics that an individual may possess. Designing ways to access information and technology in a fashion that is usable to everyone helps support the California State University's (CSU) ongoing commitment to provide access for individuals with disabilities. More information can be found at The Trace Center's Accessibility/Universal Design Information.

Shared Campus Responsibility

Everyone has a part in creating accessible, usable information. The responsibility of creating and maintaining accessible content falls to the entire campus community.

Learn more about your part in sharing the responsibility as outlined in the CSU ATI Coded Memorandum.

Faculty Responsibility

Academic and Faculty Senates

  • Faculty work to develop instructional materials compliant with accessibility guidelines.
  • The Faculty Senate Chair involvement or membership with the ATI Steering Committee.
  • Faculty membership on the Accessibility Committee.
  • Support ATI with appropriate policy changes or additions
  • The Faculty Senate Chair or their designee should be a member of the ATI Steering Committee and be Chair of the Instructional Materials Task Force
  • Coordinate or play an active role, as appropriate for each campus, in providing training in ATI related subjects for faculty
  • Participate in relevant campus ATI Committees
  • Early Textbook Adoption Policy (DOCX)Word File

Centers for Faculty Development

  • Coordinate or play an active role, as appropriate for each campus, in providing training in ATI related subjects for faculty
  • Participate in relevant campus ATI Committees

Staff Responsibility

Campus Higher Administration: Presidents, Provosts, CIO's, Vice-Presidents

  • Guide ATI vision and goals
  • Communicate the importance of ATI to the campus
  • Participate in Governance of the ATI, as appropriate
  • Review ATI progress on an annual basis and sign off on the campus plan
  • Incorporate ATI priorities into campus priorities
  • Ensure there are adequate resources for implementation of the campus's ATI plan and provision of equally effective access

Vice Presidents of Student Affairs

  • Provide leadership with respect to ATI implementation
  • Participate in governance
  • Take active leadership with respect to communicating the importance of ATI within their Division

Campus Executive Sponsors

  • Convene campus-wide ATI Steering Committee
  • Channel communications from the Chancellor's Office to appropriate parties on campus
  • Coordinate decisions for campus participation in system-wide ATI events and activities
  • Direct Campus ATI planning and monitoring efforts
  • Represent campus on ESSC

ADA Compliance Officers

  • Actively support ATI implementation
  • Participate in campus ATI Steering Committee and working committees
  • Conduct periodic evaluations of ADA compliance with respect to technology
  • Vice Presidents of Student Affairs
  • Provide leadership with respect to ATI implementation
  • Participate in governance
  • Take active leadership with respect to communicating the importance of ATI within their Division
  • Actively support ATI implementation

Disability Support Services/Disability Resource Centers

  • Participate in campus ATI Steering Committee
  • Participate in development of processes and solutions for providing equally equivalent access, when necessary

Student Responsibility

Students with disabilities must register with Disability Resources and Educational Services (DRES) in order to receive accommodations. Students providing materials to be shared with the class may be asked to provide accessible materials.