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EIT Initiatives

Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility is Fredonia's commitment to adapting current practices regarding information technology to be more accessible for all faculty, staff, and students.

The State University of New York’s Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) Accessibility Policy (6901) was approved by the SUNY Board of Trustees on June 20, 2019. The policy promotes an accessible EIT environment throughout the University. To that end, the University seeks to proactively ensure equal and integrated access for persons with disabilities. To sustain an ongoing accessibility program, System Administration and all campuses shall develop Accessibility Plans, utilizing the following Standards, outlined in the Final Report:

  • Websites and Software: Web Accessibility Standards (WAS)

  • Digital Content: Digital Content Accessibility Standards (DCAS)

  • Classroom Technology & Design: Classroom Accessibility Standards (CAS)

  • Libraries: Library Accessibility Guidelines (LAG)

  • Procurement: Procurement Accessibility Conformance Standards (PACS)

Based upon the five SUNY EIT accessibility standards, five on-going committees were formed for the creation of Fredonia’s plan and for operationalizing and implementing the EIT Accessibility Program.

Web Accessibility Committee

This committee will be composed of those who provide services to the campus through the web.  The committee will focus on a number of key functions, including but not limited to:

  • Ensuring web content adheres to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) standards
  • Providing training on web accessibility to campus website publishers  

Committee members include:

  • Derrik Decker, Adjunct Lecturer of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Erin Ehman, Communications Designer
  • Jeff Woodard, Director of Marketing and Communications
  • Jerry Reilly, Sports Information Director 
  • Jonathan Woolson, Web Content Manager
  • Kevin Lane, Director of Enterprise Data and Information Services
  • Michael Gerholdt, Manager of Enterprise Reporting and Development
  • T. John McCune, Director of Academic and Collaborative Technology and EIT Accessibility Officer

Digital Content Accessibility Committee

This committee is composed of representatives from areas that include Disability Support Services, Information Technology Services, Marketing and Communications, the Professional Development Center, Sociocultural and Justice Sciences, and The Online Learning Office. The committee focused on a number of key functions, including but not limited to:

  • Ensuring digital materials, including, but not limited to, locating and creating digital content for public and controlled consumption are accessible
  • Ensuring course syllabi contain an accessibility statement
  • Providing accessibility reviews for new and recurring courses

Committee members include:

  • Christopher Taverna, Applications Administrator/Applications Trainer
  • Dawn Eckenrode, Director of Professional Development Center
  • Jennifer Ruhland, Coordinator of Disability Services
  • Laura Shrader, Instructional Designer
  • Michael Aiello, Assistant Professor of Sociocultural and Justice Sciences 
  • Scott Richmond, Interim Associate Director of Reed Library
  • Jonathan Woolson, Web Content Manager
  • T. John McCune, Director of Academic and Collaborative Technology and EIT Accessibility Officer

Procurement Accessibility Committee

This committee will be composed of representatives from areas that include Finance and Administration, Information Technology Services, the Purchasing Office, and University Services. The committee will focus on a number of key functions, including but not limited to:

  • Including accessibility in pre-purchase documents/questionnaires
  • Ensuring accessibility is reflected in RFP language 
  • Collecting documentation verifying EIT accessibility conformance (Voluntary Product Accessibility Template)

Committee members include:

  • Benjamin Hartung, Interim Chief Information Officer/Information Security Officer
  • Heidi Moldenhauer, Director of Contracts
  • Jason Burgos, Assistant Technician
  • Michael Metzger, Vice President of Finance and Administration
  • Shari Miller, Director of Purchasing
  • Terry Tzitzis, Director of University Services
  • T. John McCune, Director of Academic and Collaborative Technology and EIT Accessibility Officer

Library Accessibility Committee

This committee is composed of representatives from areas that include Reed Library and Information Technology Services. The committee will focus on a number of key functions, including but not limited to:

  • Establishing policies and procedures for making library materials accessible 
  • Designating a liaison or contact within the library to provide EIT-related support
  • Providing assistive technologies and equipment in computer labs

Committee members include:

  • Christina Hilburger, Senior Assistant Librarian
  • Jennifer Ruhland, Coordinator of Disability Services
  • Kerrie Wilkes, Interim Director of Reed Library
  • Kevin Bom, Manager of Enterprise Infrastructure Services 
  • Mandi Shepp, Senior Assistant Librarian
  • Scott Richmond, Interim Associate Director of Reed Library
  • Tylor Cardone, Manager of ITS Service Center
  • T. John McCune, Director of Academic and Collaborative Technology and EIT Accessibility Officer

Classroom Accessibility Committee

This committee is composed of representatives from areas that include Facilities Planning, Facilities Services, and Information Technology Services. The committee focused on a number of key functions, including but not limited to:

  • Providing assistive listening systems
  • Ensuring classroom control systems accommodate those with color blindness
  • Ensuring that new and existing campus spaces adhere to pertinent building standards and codes related to accessibility

Committee members include:

  • Greg Snow, Audio and Electronics Technician 
  • Kevin Cloos, Director of Facilities Services
  • Markus Kessler, Director of Facilities Planning 
  • Matt Sullivan, Learning Spaces Technology Coordinator
  • T. John McCune, Director of Academic and Collaborative Technology and EIT Accessibility Officer

 

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