What is the ATI?

The Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) reflects the California State University's (CSU) ongoing commitment to provide access to information resources and technologies to individuals with disabilities. This commitment is articulated in Executive Order 926 (EO 926), the CSU Board of Trustees Policy on Disability Support and Accommodations:

"It is the policy of the CSU to make information technology resources and services accessible to all CSU students, faculty, staff and the general public regardless of disability."

The Accessible Technology Initiative's

President Mitchell's statement on accessibility

May 4, 2007

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

California State University, Bakersfield is committed to providing an excellent educational experience that is accessible, inclusive, and actively engages all members of the campus. Every member of the CSUB community shares in this responsibility, and all university members are expected to take an active role in the creation of a university culture of accessibility, particularly for students with disabilities.

Executive Order 926 (EO 926), The California State University Policy on Disability Support and Accommodations, underscores the importance of a campus-wide culture of responsibility and accountability regarding student access to programs and services. It also provides guidelines and best practices regarding accessibility within three major domains: Web Accessibility, Instructional Materials Accessibility, and Accessible Electronic and Information Technology Procurement. All 23 CSU campuses are expected to achieve the guidelines set forth in EO 926, which was disseminated on January 1, 2005. A copy is available on-line at http://www.calstate.edu/EO/EO-926.html .

An EO 926 Steering Committee has been formed and has been meeting since last summer. Their charge has been to work with the larger campus community in conducting a review of campus practices related to accessibility, and to create a comprehensive, campus wide plan to ensure accessibility as required by Executive Order 926. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Soraya Coley and Vice President for Student Affairs Shelley Ruelas have been designated as the executive sponsors with responsibility for oversight of this project. The committee membership includes faculty members from several academic departments as well as staff from various campus departments. The lead representatives include: Rod Hersberger and Clarke Sanford (Web Accessibility), Dr. Jess Deegan and Janice Clausen (Instructional Materials Accessibility), and Michael Chavez (Accessible Electronic and Information Technology (E&IT) Procurement).

For your information and reference, there are three critical offices on campus whose ongoing charge involves oversight of practices to ensure access for all members of the CSUB community.

These departments include: Services for Students with Disabilities, Office of the Provost, and Human Resources. Students with disabilities requesting academic accommodations should contact Janice Clausen, Director of Services for Students with Disabilities. Faculty who require accommodations may contact Dr. Soraya Coley, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Staff may contact Kellie Garcia, Director of Human Resources. Any additional questions regarding campus-wide compliance may be directed to Janice Clausen, or the campus Section 504 Compliance Officer/ADA Coordinator, Dr. Soraya Coley.

As we move forward toward our goal as a campus of excellence, I urge each of you to do your part in ensuring that all students have equitable access in their educational experience. It is vital that each member of our campus community contribute to this important goal in order to ensure our success.

Horace Mitchell