UC Davis Information & Educational Technology

Electronic Accessibility at UC Davis

Sponsor: Peter M. Siegel, Campus Chief Information Officer and Vice Provost for Information and Educational Technology, in collaboration with the Campus Chief Compliance Officer, and on behalf of the provost.

Status: On May 28, 2013, the UC Davis community was invited to participate in the system-wide review of the draft UC Information Technology Accessibility Policy. In the policy, the University of California reaffirms its commitment to “supporting an information technology environment that is accessible to all, and in particular to individuals with disabilities.” It embraces the notion that President Mark G. Yudof shared with all UC chancellors in July, 2010 that “this initiative offers an exciting new opportunity to think systematically and creatively about how we serve the growing number of people who, with or without formally disclosing a disability, increasingly depend on a fully accessible electronic environment.”

The policy and accompanying requirements are still in draft form. They are posted online for review, with comments to the Office of the President due by July 22, 2013.

Background: The Electronic Accessibility Committee has developed an innovative approach to creating a universally accessible digital environment, which is positioning UC Davis as a national leader in electronic accessibility. The group approaches e-access as a search for the electronic equivalent of curb cuts – i.e., those sidewalk cut-outs that were originally put in so that a few people on wheelchairs could get around, but which now are used by mothers with strollers, skateboarders, delivery people, and bicyclists. The work of the e-access team is based on a fundamental premise: If we are to succeed as a campus in recruiting the best students and faculty, advancing pioneering research, and attracting a broad range of financial contributions, we must ensure that all members of our extended community, including individuals with disabilities, can access our online resources.

Towards this goal, the committee has celebrated several milestones:

Related material

  • Phase One report (PDF) – Background, guiding principles, draft recommendations, and summary of activities (January-June 2009)
  • Phase One appendices (PDF) – legal and human resources matters; services and programs for students, staff and faculty; pre-proposal for a campus center for assistive technologies; assistive hardware, software and equipment; accessibility in general assignment classrooms, computer rooms, and labs; teaching and learning; Web presence and application development; multimedia and closed captioning; procurement; outreach; etc.
  • Charge to the UC Davis Electronic Accessibility Committee
  • UC-wide Web accessibility evaluation pilot (August 2009-January 2010)

Charge to committee
The UC Davis Electronic Accessibility Committee was first established in January 2009 by Enrique Lavernia, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, and Pete Siegel, Vice Provost for Information and Educational Technology (IET). The group, which was formed in partnership with the Chief Compliance Officer, Student Affairs, and the Office of Administration and Resource Management, was asked to assess the campus electronic environment and to recommend actions to foster an electronic climate that is welcoming and inclusive for all members of our community and friends of the university. From January 2009 to June 2012, the committee was led by Catherine Kudlick, professor in the history department and a distinguished scholar in disability studies. The committee’s focus was twofold: develop a preliminary report, with a set of recommendations and actions based on a brief assessment of the current state of electronic accessibility at UC Davis; and develop a final report with a concise plan to implement the group’s recommendations during the 2009-10 academic year and on an ongoing basis thereafter. In 2012-13, the E-access Committee is chaired by Darrin Martin, professor in the art department, who teaches video and media arts. See Background above.

Steering Committee

  • Darrin Martin, Chair, and Professor, Art Department
  • Lora Jo Bossio, Student Affairs
  • Rosemary Capps Bartlett, Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Wendi Delmendo, Chief Compliance Officer
  • Deborah Fraga-Decker, Accounting and Financial Services
  • Rick Hill, University Communications
  • Josh Hori, Student Disability Center
  • Dewight Kramer, liaison to the Technology Infrastructure Forum
  • David Levin, Information and Educational Technology
  • David Ritz, Disability Management Services
  • Babette Schmitt, Information and Educational Technology
  • Pete Siegel, Campus CIO and Vice Provost-IET
  • Hoby Wedler, Graduate Student, Chemistry Department
  • Jeanne Wilson, Student Disability Center
  • Gail Yokote, University Library

Contac information
Suggestions, comments, and participation in the e-access initiative are encouraged. Please contact