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Web Accessibility Evaluation

The CSU ATI accessibility maturity model was developed to address the need for cultural change and to begin the business process reengineering to include accessibility into the day to day operations of CSU campuses. The Web Accessibility Strategy within the CSU’s Accessible Technology Initiative includes an enterprise level tool that campus staff use to conduct automated scanning and supports manual evaluation with a browser based tool and remediation resources. CSU ATI Accessibility Checkpoints (CSU log-in required) were developed with the tool’s vendor to cover both Section 508 Standards and WCAG 2.0 Guidelines and have customized training resources within the tool. The CSU CO ATI and the California State University Northridge, Universal Design Center expanded the resources embedded within the automated scanning tool to provide training materials to a broader audience. The checkpoints include both automated and manual evaluation checkpoints.

CSU ATI has a collaborative systemwide effort spanning 23 campuses. The ATI Communities of Practice (Web, Procurement, and Instructional Materials) meet monthly to share ideas, find solutions to challenges, review promising accessibility tools and provide systemwide training. Additionally, the CSU Accessible Technology Network, a group of campus accessibility experts works with the CO ATI team to design generic business processes, provide training, information resources. CSU Accessible Technology Network projects that resulted in systemwide trainings include Web Accessibility, Procurement Process, and Captioning.