Advancing our commitment to accessibility

Student sitting at a dual-monitor display of the MSU Denver web site

The Metropolitan State University of Denver Digital Accessibility Committee (formerly known as the Technology Accessibility Initiative Committee) was originally co-sponsored by the Director of the office of equal opportunity and the CIO of information technology services. The DAC’s membership included representation from key university units and constituents and was charged in 2010 with advancing MSU Denver’s ongoing commitment to providing access to information resources, technologies, and related services to individuals with disabilities.

This provided a scope that was broad but focused on technology-related materials and included areas such as: web content, instructional materials, kiosk/digital signage, training materials, the online learning environment, the procurement of technology systems and services, and a process for assessing the accessibility of these systems and services. This initiative did not encompass the assessment of facilities or architectural barriers related to accessibility.

The Technology Accessibility Initiative worked to develop relevant policies and procedures, as well as identifying specific resources to assist the campus community with the implementation of these changes. A tentative timeline for the work of this group was:

  • Spring 2012 – Drafted Web Content Accessibility policy.
  • 2012-2015 – Developed a draft campus implementation plan for achieving compliance with the Web Content Accessibility policy, including the identification of specific areas of responsibility and resources.
    Draft Web Accessibility Implementation Plan
  • 2016 – Implemented evaluation processes, web governance software, and account management. Began baseline evaluation and pilot group assessment. Identified and prioritized issues and websites.
  • Ongoing – Supports the campus community to achieve compliance with adopted policies, procedures, and implementation plans.