ATI Steering Committee
The Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) Steering Committee (previously known as the University Committee on Information Technology Accessibility) was established in 2007 under the authority of the CSU's coded memo regarding accessible technology (http://www.calstate.edu/AcadAff/codedmemos/AA-2010-13.shtml.) The Committee is advisory to the Vice President & Chief Information Officer, who serves as the Executive Sponsor for the Accessible Technology Initiative on campus.
The ATI Steering Committee advises and assists the Executive Sponsor in implementing the CSU Accessible Technology Initiative at Sacramento State, with particular focus on the following three ATI priorities:
- web accessibility,
- instructional materials accessibility, and
- accessible electronic and information technology procurement.
The Committee also facilitates liaison to other stakeholder groups with an interest and role in ATI issues, such as University Committee for Persons with Disabilities (UCPD), the Faculty Senate, Academic Affairs, the Hornet Bookstore and other groups.
The Committee is specifically charged with the responsibility to:
- Analyze the issues and recommend solutions to problems faced by all people with disabilities relative to access to electronic and information technology offered by Sacramento State.
- Advise on development of policy and implementation plans for 1) web accessibility, 2) instructional materials accessibility, and 3) accessibility ofelectronic and information technology procurement.
- Recommend products, policies, and/or procedures to alleviate or eliminate problems related to information technology in compliance with CSU Executive Order 926, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which require that qualified individuals with disabilities be provided equal access to programs, services, or activities and the guidelines developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). California Government Code 11135 applies Section 508 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act, as amended in 1998, to State entities and to the CSU.
Part of the ATI Steering Committee's project planning and structural plan was to establish three ad-hoc sub-committees and other work groups as necessary to effectively and efficiently meet the objectives established by this initiative. The initial sub-committees were organized to target the priority tasks of:
- Web Accessibility
- Instructional Materials Accessibility
- Accessibility Electronic and Information Technology Procurement
The sub-committees are co-chaired. The first seat is filled by a knowledgeable administrator with indirect or direct responsibility for the subject area in question, while the second seat should be filled by a faculty member assuming that person wants to assume that role. If that is not the case, any other member of the committee could serve as co-chair. Co-chairs are responsible for:
- Taking the lead in working with the workgroup in communicating to the client community the mission, goals, and objectives of their particular topic
- Acting as strong advocates for change that demonstrates outcomes that support pedagogical IT efforts, IT compliance, regulatory, proactive societal, and civil actions
- Thinking strategically considering the project scope, overlapping priorities, milestones, and evaluation/performance expectations and as such, should balance competing interests and agendas.
- Recommending to the ATI Steering Committee a working group that is no larger than 7 – 10 members.
- The individuals selected should be prepared to serve on the sub-committee as well actually implementing one or more of the objectives set forth in the scope of work.
- Assigning tasks such as gap analysis, research, drafting reports, and responding to milestone requirements
- Collaborating with others in developing training programs and schedules