[Athen] IT Accessibility Constituent Group @ EDUCAUSE

Kathleen Cahill kcahill at MIT.EDU
Wed Apr 25 17:39:59 PDT 2007

This is great, Terry. Thanks for giving accessibility a wider forum,
especially with the decision makers.


Terry Thompson wrote:

> Colleagues,


> I am writing to announce the formation of the EDUCAUSE Constituent Group on

> Information Technology (IT) Accessibility. This group provides an

> opportunity for higher education accessible technology professionals to have

> a voice within the larger higher education IT realm. EDUCAUSE is the

> leading association related to higher education technology, whose stated

> mission is "to advance higher education by promoting the intelligent use of

> information technology." The current membership comprises 16,500 active

> members representing over 2,100 colleges, universities, and educational

> organizations, including 200 corporations.


> As a constituent group, we will have an opportunity to openly discuss the

> important accessibility-related issues that we face, much as we already do

> on the ATHEN list, but within a venue that will include a broader audience

> of EDUCAUSE members, including faculty and staff who are using, developing,

> purchasing, administering, and influencing the direction of technology in

> higher education.


> As documented in the group's formal description, "The IT Accessibility

> Constituent Group will help the EDUCAUSE community to assess the scope of

> issues of universal IT accessibility, to identify resources and initiatives,

> to develop best practices on policy and assistive program and service

> development, and in general to focus on how to approach campus-wide

> universal access of information by engaging in dialogue across boundaries

> within and beyond the campus environment."


> The Constituent Group has been widely announced in various key places

> throughout the EDUCAUSE website, and upcoming announcements are planned for

> the EDUCAUSE News blog and the EDUCAUSE Online monthly e-newsletter, which

> has over 11,000 subscribers. This is a superb opportunity to expand the

> scope of participation in accessibility discussions beyond our narrow niche.

> Please take a moment to subscribe to the IT Accessibility Constituent Group

> discussion list, and help to get the conversation started:


> http://www.educause.edu/groups/itaccess


> Thanks!

> Terry


> Terry Thompson

> DO-IT, University of Washington

> tft at u.washington.edu

> 206/221-4168



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