Electronic and Information Resources (EIR)

What is EIR and why are we concerned about accessibility?

We use a variety of electronic and information resources (EIR) on and off campus to provide information and services:

  • Applications: web, mobile, and desktop applications; audio and video players; plug-ins or widgets
    (e.g. University mobile app, Blackboard, Microsoft Office, Adobe Acrobat)
  • Computer hardware: desktops, laptops, and tablets; keyboards, mice, and other computer devices
    (e.g. Dell computer, Apple iPad, Google Chromebook)
  • Content: websites, email, social media, electronic documents, and other files containing text, tables, multimedia, or other content
    (e.g. webpages, messages, PDF documents, videos)
  • Office equipment: self-contained closed products
    (e.g. information kiosks, transaction machines, copiers, printers)
  • Telecommunications equipment: devices that communicate over networks designed to carry your voice
    (e.g. telephone products, answering machines)

We operate inaccessible EIR every day

  • websites or web applications that don't tell us why our answers won't submit on a form
  • computers that don't allow us to use our voice to give commands when we are unable to use our hands due to pain, injury, or loss
  • kiosks with color coding only when we cannot see color to know what status they are indicating

We use and distribute inaccessible EIR content every day

  • webpage content (e.g. instructions for students in an unreadable image format)
  • email messages (e.g. deadlines or events using poorly contrasting colors)
  • Word or Adobe PDF documents (e.g. information without proper headings)
  • YouTube, Facebook, and other social media platforms (e.g. videos without closed captioning)

We want to progressively improve accessibility

It's true that much of what we use is inaccessible, however, given the great strides we have with technology, some of these issues can be resolved right now. Our goal is to educate ourselves and the companies we work with to create a more inclusive community and environment for learning.