The need for EIR accessibility comes at a time when technology is not a luxury but a necessity to function in the digital age. More of our processes and communications are becoming electronic in order to increase efficiency, improve awareness, increase educational scope as well as business continuity, and track our progress.
- We view and edit curriculum and degree plans electronically.
- We enroll in courses and pay tuition electronically.
- Many of our course offerings are available electronically.
- We are reducing our paper forms and providing them electronically.
- If we want to know what is going on or add activities to our schedule, more of us depend on our calendars electronically.
Per Texas Workforce Investment Council's 2016 Update of People with Disabilities: A Texas Profile
- Texas has the second largest number of individuals with disabilities of all the states.
- The percentage of individuals with disabilities relative to the entire Texas population has remained stable over the past four years (11.7 percent), although the Texas population has grown considerably over that same period of time.
- Approximately 55 percent of Texans 75 and older had a disability.
- Overall, 11.9 percent of females (1,603,277 individuals) and 11.5 percent of males (1,497,762 individuals) reported having a disability.
Add to that the need to support A&M - Corpus Christi's multilingual community by providing the means to translate our EIR content from English to Spanish.
Accessible EIR functions for our entire community when reasonable accommodations are provided. Oftentimes, these accommodations are connected to EIR through assistive technology.
- Assistive technology (AT) provides the means to switch a disability into an ability
- e.g. closed captioning allows someone who can’t hear what is said to read/see what is said instead.
- Accommodations are the combination of AT and converted content component
- e.g. without a transcription of what is said, the closed captioning interface does not provide an accessible video
- e.g. without a transcription of what is said, the closed captioning interface cannot translate the language used into a user-requested language (English to Spanish)
Assistive Technology Helps Everyone
Assistive technology helps people with disabilities. You can learn more below about a variety of disabilities and barriers and how your efforts improve the access of EIRs.
Not all assistive technology is limited to people with disabilities — think about how we use ramps, escalators, and automatic doors! Check out what assistive technology could do for you, including AT right on your own device!
How People with Disabilities Use the Web and Other Technologies
- Visual Disabilities (e.g. blindness, color blindness, low vision, color blindness, macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy and retinitis pigmentosa)
- Hearing Disabilities (e.g. hard of hearing and deafness)
- Motor Disabilities (e.g. hemiplegia, palsy, paraplegia, quadriplegia, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, Lou Gehrig's disease and Parkinson's disease)
- Cognitive Disabilities (e.g. ADHD, ASD, Down syndrome, dyslexia, mental health disabilities, memory impairments, multiple sclerosis and seizure disorders)
Assistive Technology Guides
Accessibility in The Texas A&M University System