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Instructional Materials

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Timeline & Required Actions

To comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, and with California Government Code 11135, the CSU is required to make its instructional materials and online course materials accessible to persons with disabilities in order to provide them with effective communication. Communication should be, to the extent possible, as effective for persons with disabilities as it is for persons without disabilities. An essential component of effective communication is timeliness of delivery of accessible formats. To the extent possible, instructional materials, including online course materials, must be accessible to students with disabilities at the same time it is available to any other student enrolled in that program. 

Recent Office for Civil Rights resolutions with four CSU campuses emphasize the importance of campus support for the timely provision of accessible instructional materials to students with disabilities. In order to achieve this goal, collaboration among faculty, disability resource centers, bookstores, academic departments, academic technology staff, and students with disabilities will be necessary. Additionally, systemwide support for working with vendors and publishers to address the accessibility of materials will be critical.

Task Description Responsible Due Date Status
Following consultation with local senates as appropriate, create a plan to support faculty and staff practices that will ensure the timely access to instructional materials. This plan will include:      

Timely adoption of textbooks by faculty.

Mary Falvey, Ramakrishnan Menon June 2007 Complete

Strategy for identification of textbooks for late-hire faculty.

Mary Falvey, Ramakrishnan Menon June 2007 Complete

Strategy for the early identification of students with disabilities who require curriculum access and the use of alternate media.

Mary Falvey, Ramakrishnan Menon June 2007 Complete

Use of the campus learning management system (LMS) for delivering technology-enabled courses, and for posting syllabi and instructional materials online for traditional face-to-face and hybrid or blended courses.

Mary Falvey, Ramakrishnan Menon June 2007 Plan complete

The incorporation of accessibility requirements in the purchase of digital or multimedia instructional materials (captions on videos, for example).

Mary Falvey, Ramakrishnan Menon June 2007 Plan complete

Alignment of academic technology resources to assist faculty in the creation of accessible technology-mediated courses

Mary Falvey, Ramakrishnan Menon June 2007 Plan complete

A communication process and training plan to educate students, staff, and faculty about the campus Instructional Materials Accessibility Plan.

Mary Falvey, Ramakrishnan Menon June 2007 Plan complete

Identification of roles and responsibilities, and an evaluation process to measure the effectiveness of the plan.

Mary Falvey, Ramakrishnan Menon June 2007 Plan complete
Submission of draft version of the campus Instructional Materials Accessibility Plan. Mary Falvey, Ramakrishnan Menon June 1, 2007 Complete
Campuses to implement the IMAP provisions related to timeliness of alternate formats for print-based instructional materials. These provisions should impact the timeliness of materials for the first academic term of Calendar Year, 2008 Mary Falvey, Ramakrishnan Menon July 1, 2007 Complete
Submission of final version of the campus Instructional Materials Accessibility Plan. Mary Falvey, Ramakrishnan Menon October 15, 2007 Complete
Submission of Year Two Progress Report. Mary Falvey, Ramakrishnan Menon June 1, 2008 Complete
The development of new courses and new course content, including instructional materials and instructional websites will incorporate accessible design. If incorporating accessibility is not possible or would constitute an undue burden, then a plan to provide an equally effective alternate form of access must be developed, documented, and communicated. Existing course content will be made accessible at the point of course redesign or when a student with a disability enrolls in the course. Mary Falvey, Jennifer Faust Fall Term 2008  
Submission of Assessment Report. Mary Falvey, Jennifer Faust October 15, 2009  
Submission of Assessment Report. Mary Falvey, Jennifer Faust June 1, 2010  
Submission of Assessment Report. Mary Falvey, Jennifer Faust June 1, 2011  
Instructional materials and instructional websites for all course offerings will be accessible. If incorporating accessibility is not possible or would constitute an undue burden, then a plan to provide an equally effective alternate form of access must be developed, documented, and communicated. Mary Falvey, Jennifer Faust Fall Term 2012  
Submission of Final Report. Mary Falvey, Jennifer Faust June 1, 2012  

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