Members Present: Ron Bergmann, Doug Borcoman, Reza Boroon, Farah Fisher, Munashe Furusa, Shon Lee, Wei Ma, Dale Mueller, Marion Smith, Mark Smith (for Patricia Wells), Emmit Williams, Jeremiah Woolsey
Guests: Deborah Parham, Associate Director, Disabled Student Services (DSS)
Minutes of the January 26 meeting were approved (moved by Reza, seconded by Doug).
There were no reports by committee chairs.
Jeremiah announced that Marion presented a webinar with the title "Accessible Technology v. Copyright Law" last week. Over 50 people from around the CSU logged in. Following the webinar, Marion was asked to co-chair a systemwide task force considering accessibility and copyright, and she accepted.
Ron distributed copies of draft 2.5 of the CO's "Accessible Technology Initiative Coded Memo, Revised 2010." In the original coded meno, issued in 2007, campuses had to create a timeline for compliance and submit an annual report to the CO. With draft 2.5, we are to work toward accessibility and comply on an as needed basis. The annual report is now voluntary, but we will go ahead and submit a 2010 report since we'd like to see what other campuses are doing regarding compliance, also. Our report will include information about Wei Ma's activities with text to speech implementations.
The Disabled Student Services office has received $175K in grant money and computers via the ASI technology fee.
Communication about our ATI activities has been sporadic within the campus. As possible solutions, Ron asks if we should publish an ATI newsletter, and Munashe invited Ron to come to an Academic Senate meeting to talk about ATI before the end of the year.
Dale asked if we have any grant funding for veterans. (She works closely with community colleges, who have been awarded grants to work with veterans.) Mark reponded that although Veterans' Affairs are included in the DSS activities, the office has no separate funding for veterans, though they were included in the office's recent grant.
Ron distributed the CO's response to an investigation by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) regarding its inaccessible Web files. The document is dated 2010-03-08 and is called, "CO Document Accessiblity Plan Summary." The document lists short-term activities and outlines key elements of a long-term plan.
Ron indicates that we need to start looking at documents (e.g., PDFs) on our campus Web site. Here are other steps we're taking:
This protocol discusses the training of front-line staff and faculty to stay current on types, locations, and use of assistive technology on campus so that they can be helpful to disabled students. So far 70 employees have received this training. Future activities:
Ron wants to include progress in this area in his IT status reports to President Garcia.
Jeremiah will update the draft and e-mail it to this committee for approval at the next ATI Committee meeting.
A general technology survey is going out to all students, not just disabled students.
Mark says DSS has never had funding for an assistive technology person. He indicates that local community colleges have good AT resources.
Ron says that in the future, new disabled students will have 504 plans created at their high schools.
ATI training will be offered to nursing faculty in April. Dale suggests offering it live at "the meeting" of full-time faculty on April 13. However, webinars are most useful for part time faculty.
Next meeting: Thursday, April 29, 2010, 10 a.m.