The University seeks Information and Communication Technology (ICT) that is universal in design and accessible to all individuals, including individuals with disabilities. In the event this is technically infeasible or imposes undue burden, the University ensures an equally effective accessible alternative. All ICT must meet the applicable accessibility standards set forth in Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended (Sec. 508), the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended (ADA), and University of Nevada, Reno Benchmarks for Measuring Accessibility.
The ICT Accessibility Policy applies to all technology and any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment that is used in the creation, conversion, or duplication of data or information employed in support of the University's Mission and Core Themes. Examples of this technology include, but is not limited to, the following:
- Learning management systems
- Content delivered in electronic form (e.g. PDF)
- Instructional content
Technology accessibility is an institution-wide responsibility. Technology access for individuals with disabilities must provide comparable functionality, affordability, and timeliness of service delivery. Products and services must be usable by the greatest number of people including individuals with disabilities. This policy defines the terms, authority, responsibility, and procedural process for implementation.
The University measures online content accessibility and functionality according to The World Wide Web Consortium's (W3C) Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level AA and the Web Accessibility Initiative Accessible Rich Internet Applications Suite (WAI-ARIA) 1.0 techniques for web content. Additionally, the University seeks to achieve adherence to and conformance with the following standards (where possible), including the following:
- Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended
- Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973
- Section 255 of the Federal Telecommunications Act
- Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010
- W3C's Authoring Tool Accessibility Guidelines (ATAG)
- W3C's User Agent Accessibility Guidelines (UAAG 1.0)
- Math ML, DAISY, ePub3, PDF/UA