West Chester University is committed to diversity and providing a barrier-free information technology environment to all students, faculty, and staff. Information Services & Technology has collaborated with campus constituents to develop plans to comply with ADA standards as they apply to information technology.
Information Services & Technology is a campus-wide resource meant to:
- Provide and adhere to accessible coding standards and use tools to develop and test electronic content for accessibility;
- Address accessibility for classrooms and computer lab configurations;
- Promote and provide consulting services, accessibility guides, training, and other solutions needed for creating accessible IT resources; and,
- Collaborate with IT software providers to explore solutions to accessibility challenges.
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West Chester University uses licensed software packages and free online tools to create accessible electronic content. Assistive Technology is also available to WCU students, faculty, and staff with disabilities.
- Microsoft Word: How to create accessible Word documents
- Microsoft PowerPoint: How to create accessible PowerPoint presentations
- PDF : How to create accessible PDF documents
- Accessibility Cheat Sheets on creating accessible documents by The National Center on Disability and Access to Education
- Website Building and Maintenance Guide by WCU Information Services
- Kaltura: Video playing platform integrated with D2L (Desire2Learn), which can be made accessible by adding captions
- Kaltura Personal Capture: Kaltura Capture is a personal recording solution for your Mac or PC that is integrated with My Media (Kaltura) and D2L (Desire2Learn).
- Qualtrics: Online software to create and administer surveys
- Camtasia: Screen recording and video editing software with built-in speech-to-text capability for closed captioning (available for installation on WCU equipment)
- JAWS: Screen reader software for Windows platform, available for visually impaired students at the Library and the Office of Educational Accessibility
- Kurzweil: Scanning, OCR, PDF conversion and read-out-loud software for Windows platform, available at the Library and the Office of Educational Accessibility
- Mobile Device: iPads with accessibility features enabled are available in the Office of Educational Accessibility. Visit Apple's Accessibility site to learn more information about built-in accessibility features for Apple products
- For software training, visit the Faculty and Staff Training (FAST) site.
- MyWCU enables authorized users to select an accessibility option to personalize the myWCU screen layout in support of persons with vision disabilities.
- Wall-mounted digital signage monitors are being replaced and installed to comply with ADA guidelines.
- Use of videos originally created with closed-captioning is strongly recommended. Copying, converting, or adding caption to the original videos without permission from the creator is a violation of copyright law.
- A wheelchair-accessible table is available in the computer lab, Anderson room 7.
- Motorized projection screens are installed in the majority of the classrooms.
- The Library and the Office of Educational Accessibility provide additional services and resources for WCU qualified students, faculty, and staff with disabilities.