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California State University, Long Beach
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Support for Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

CSULB Tutorials and other information for creating accessible instructional materials are available here:

  • Office of Academic Technology (OAT): Making instructional materials accessible
    This page provides several tutorials on how to make Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint, and Adobe PDFs accessible.
  • CSULB Accessibility Technology Initiative (ATI): Tools and resources for accessible instructional materials
    This page provides links to tips, tools, and tutorials concerning Word and PDF accessibility.
  • Disabled Student Services (DSS): : High Tech Center (HTC) and Alternative Media Project
    "The High Tech Center provides computer support services for students with disabilities and maintains a consultant relationship with faculty and staff. The center also provides one-on-one training and small group demonstration sessions for students, faculty and staff members to develop their knowledge about and skills in the use of adaptive technology and access devices."

Our Commitment to Accessibility

The CSU is committed to providing the resources, tools, training and expertise to ensure that instructional materials and the technology used will be accessible to all. Information materials and technologies include, but are not limited to "computer and network access and services, computer-delivered or enhanced instruction, library electronic information resources, library online catalogs and homepages, campus informational web sites, computer-delivered or assisted administrative services, and voice and video programs and services." (E.O. 926)

The legal requirement is not the only reason that departments of education need to promote accessibility of information technology resources. The most important reason is that accessibility of these resources gives students with disabilities greater independence in reading, writing and other academic areas. Accessible technology enables all students to participate in mainstream classroom activities and equips them with the skills they will need to succeed in the technology-centered workplace. Eliminating barriers to technology helps states meet the goal of improving the academic achievement of all students!

Source: Why is Technology Access for Students With Disabilities Important?