At Iowa State University, we are committed to addressing accessibility as we embrace new technologies. The Digital Accessibility Coordinator provides guidance, support and consultation to units throughout campus to enable an increasing adoption of accessibility-minded practices.
Designing inclusive experiences is a journey that is never finished. It can seem overwhelming, yet a little goes a long way. People with disabilities are underrepresented in almost all facets of society and culture, making them a marginalized minority. When most organizations think of “accessibility” they think of wheelchair ramps and parking spaces. However, digital experiences are just as important as physical. Inclusive digital access is a civil right, just as access to education is a civil right. The state of Iowa has a rich history of progressive civil rights. It has often led the nation in developing inclusive legislation and educational practices. Iowa State University follows in the tradition of being progressive in education, science and technology. With so many technological advances in hardware and software we should be further along in terms of accessible and inclusive design.
The Digital Access Roadmap stands as the formalization of those efforts in pursuit of campus wide collaboration and the establishment of institutional best practices. The roadmap promotes our vision and provides a guide to outcomes, activities, timelines, and roles university community members have in providing digital access for all