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ITS supports digital accessibility team


UNC-Chapel Hill is committed to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment that includes making its digital resources and services accessible to all users.

WHO BENEFITS

Students


Faculty


Staff


The University’s goal is to provide proactive compliance with obligations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

To this end, in 2017, the University formed the Digital Access Advisory Team (DAAT). The DAAT is charged to work on key accessibility initiatives and to optimize access in the following categories:

  • Web content
  • Learning tools
  • Mobile applications
  • Video and multimedia

ITS representatives on the DAAT work with colleagues from the Office of University Counsel, Student Affairs, Accessibility Resources, Equal Opportunity and many others to develop actionable plans and recommendations for University leadership.

ITS Digital Services’ Phil Daquila presents to the UNC Webmasters group on the basics of web accessibility

“It’s been eye-opening to learn about what people across campus do every day to make everything from web pages and documents to presentations and key application systems better for everyone, and to find out how all of us can be part of that,” said Kim Stahl, Senior Policy and Process Lead with the Office of the CIO and a founding member of the DAAT.

In the past year, the DAAT has provided training to communications and IT staff from across the University, providing information on both best practices and practical steps individuals can take in their schools and units to improve digital accessibility. Looking forward, the DAAT hopes to formalize additional roles and responsibilities to spread the message and impact of accessibility initiatives on campus.


Key Partner(s): Accessibility Resources, Equal Opportunity, Student Affairs, University Counsel
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