The Technology Accessibility Task Force was created at CUNY Vice-Chancellor and CIO Brian Cohen’s direction to identify and address CUNY IT accessibility generally and to pinpoint standards, best practices, guidelines, and time tables.
Accessibility benefits all users: all current and potential students and consumers of CUNY offerings and services can benefit from accessible courses, information, and tools. According to the US Census Bureau, in 2010 almost 50 million people (about 19 percent of all Americans over age five) reported having a disability.
Approximately 9,000 CUNY students self-identify as having a disability. This is thought to represent only about half of the CUNY student population with disabilities.
Technology Accessibility Task Force Primary Goals and Objectives:
- Assess the state of technology accessibility throughout the University
- Identify areas and or gaps where changes or improvements are needed
- Provide guidance / resources
- Help define paths forward
Task Force members includes representatives from the colleges and Central Office, as well as University leaders from key areas such as Information Services, Academic Affairs, Student Affairs, Services for Students with Disabilities, Legal Counsel, Human Resources, Libraries, and Web Services.