Ohio University is committed to providing cutting edge information technology that provides our students an accessible and exceptional user experience. OIT is committed to removing technology barriers that sometimes keep people with disabilities from full participation in the digital life of the University.
As it turns out, when we make improvements to our tools for people who use assistive technologies or who experience technology differently, our tools become better for everyone.
What is Digital Accessibility?
Digital Accessibility means that information or communication technology (ICT) can be used by a wide range of people including those with disabilities who also may be using assistive technology.
The U.S. Department of Justice and Department of Education provide a functional definition of accessibility:
A person with a disability can
- Acquire the same information
- Engage in the same interactions and
- Enjoy the same services
In an equally effective, equally integrated manner, and with substantially equivalent ease of use.
- Improve and enhance the digital experience for people with disabilities at Ohio University.
- Identify, mitigate and communicate digital accessibility risks and opportunities to the OHIO community.
- Raise awareness of the digital accessibility policy and issues for the campus community.
- Provide training and resources for accessibility risk management and best practices.
- Reviews accessibility of ICT purchases and integrations.
- Reviews newly migrated websites for accessibility.
- Provides training and consultation services.
- Collaborates with accessibility services teams across campus.
- Maintains and updates the IT accessibility guidelines.