Article by Sally Hritz
Originally published in a different format
To meet the challenge of providing information in accessible formats for individuals with disabilities, Ohio State has drafted a revision of university policy on accessible Web design. The final version is due to be released in February. A draft of the revised Web Access Policy with Minimum Standards is available online. The standards are based on emerging national standards and are firmly rooted in state and federal civil rights legislation including the "effective communication" requirement of Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The policy was developed by a group that includes the Web Policy Committee, the Office Of Information Technology, the Web Accessibility Center/Office for Disability Services, the Office of Media Relations, and the ADA Coordinator’s Office/Academic Affairs. These offices and units are also supporting the transition by offering workshops and educational materials and will help implement the new policy.
To participate in an online discussion forum on the new policy, subscribe to the mailing list by sending an e-mail message to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the body of the message type only: subscribe adawebpol first name last name, substituting your own name. Send comments or questions to ADA Coordinator L. Scott Lissner at ADA-OSU@osu.edu.