• Electronic Accessibility: Center for Disability & Access

The University of Utah Center for Disability & Access has the following mission statement:

  • The Center for Disability & Access is dedicated to students with disabilities by providing the opportunity for success and equal access at the University of Utah.
  • We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations as outlined by Federal and State law.
  • We also strive to create an inclusive, safe and respectful environment.
  • By promoting awareness, knowledge and equity, we aspire to impact positive change within individuals and the campus community.

CD&A supports students with disabilities through providing a variety of accommodations These accommodations include in-classroom (note-taking, exams, physical accessibility) and out-of-classroom (tutoring, adaptive technology).

  • Electronic Accessibility is a key issue with regard to providing online courses for the campus community.
  • With the changing pedagogy and the rapid expansion of online content, Electronic Accessibility is one of the greatest concerns
  • The courts and Office of Civil Rights (OCR) have made it clear that electronic resources must be pro-actively accessible - “With prior notice” is no longer acceptable
  • For example, if a sighted individual can access materials at 2am, then a blind individual must be able to do the same without . Same goes regarding hearing/deaf.

Scott McAward is the director of the Center for Disability & Access (CD&A) and delivered a presentation on Electronic Accessibility to the Teaching & Learning Portfolio for IT Governance, University of Utah, on September 16, 2015.  A PDF of his eye-opening presentation is linked directly below.

Scott McAward, Ph.D.
Center for Disability & Access