September 30, 2010

Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) Committee Minutes

September 30, 2010

Members Present: Doug Borcoman, Reza Boroon, Farah Fisher, Shon Lee, Wei Ma, Marion Smith, Jeremiah Woolsey

Guests: Dr. Ron Bergmann, Executive Sponsor, CSUDH ATI; Tak Yee Poon, University webmaster

Minutes of the April 29, 2010, meeting

Minutes of the April 29 meeting were approved (moved by Reza, seconded by Farah) as distributed.


Marion distributed a flyer that was handed out at the IT table at Welcome Back Week. The flyer, directed at students with disabilities, described some of the services available on the campus and provided contact information for Disabled Student Services (DSS).

Wei announced that she is in the process of converting 200 library PDFs into accessible formats.

Ron has purchased 4,900 licenses for Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro to facilitate accessible document creation. Licenses will be distributed to faculty and labs first, then to staff. Jeremiah will send an e-mail to the faculty mailing list, instructing them to contact the IT Help Desk for installation of the software.

Doug and Reza provided accessibility training to 20 faculty and 5 staff members in September.

Jeremiah announced that Bill Kirchinger is leaving the bookstore and that he [Jeremiah] will invite textbook manager Angel Covarrubias to join this committee.

The campus contract for HiSoftware, which tests websites for accessibility, continues.

Campus Report to Chancellor's Office (CO) - due in November

Shon is working on the Web accessibility portion of the report. He, Tak, and Reza continue to receive training and prepare for the phased introduction of the Percussion content management software to the campus. Most of our Web accessibility will be controlled by Percussion's templates; hence, Percussion will be a major part of our website compliance.

Shon does not have the CO's Compliance Sheriff yet. The CS will provide an XML configuration file that will provide a uniform reporting construct for all campuses. Shon hopes to have the CS by the end of October.

MyCSUDH passed automated accessibility tests, but, in fact, a disabled student found it difficult to navigate the software. Consequently, Tak, Reza, and Mahabub Alam have worked to improve the overall usability of MyCSUDH and Cisco Agent. Jeremiah refers to the improvements as "accessibility plus"--usability that includes accessibility.

Shon points out that testing beyond automated accessibility testing is a resource issue.

Jeremiah has hired Andre Green, a disabled student, to work part-time in his office. During accessibility training, Andre is able to provide a first-hand demonstration of the accessibility--or lack thereof--of software and documents.

Jeremiah will contact PCLASS and DSS to discuss their compliance with CO Executive Order (EO) 926.

Clarification of ATI Committee meeting schedule: The ATI Committee will be meeting on the last Thursday of the month, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., in LIB C510. However, the committee will meet more frequently, perhaps weekly, pending delivery of the campus report to the CO.

Next meeting: TBA