Information Technology (IT) Accessibility
West Chester University is committed to diversity and providing a barrier-free information
technology environment to all students, faculty, and staff. The Information Services
& Technology Division has collaborated with campus constituents to develop plans to
comply with ADA standards as they apply to information technology.
Information Services & Technology is a campus-wide resource meant to:
- Provide and adhere to accessible coding standards and use tools to develop and test
electronic content for accessibility;
- Address accessibility for classrooms and computer lab configurations;
- Promote and provide consulting services, accessibility guides, training, and other
solutions needed for creating accessible IT resources; and,
- Collaborate with IT software providers to explore solutions to accessibility challenges.
Please forward questions or comments to ITaccessibility@wcupa.edu.
West Chester University uses licensed software packages and free online tools to create
accessible electronic content. Assistive Technology is also available to WCU students,
faculty, and staff with disabilities.
Guidelines for Accessible Content
Web Development Tools
- WAVE: Free web accessibility evaluation tool to aid in web pages development
- W3C Checklist: Checklist for web content developers
Accessible Software Applications
- Camtasia: Screen recording and video editing software with built-in speech-to-text capability
for closed captioning
- Kaltura: Video playing platform integrated with Desire2Learn, which can be made accessible by adding captions
- Mediasite: Webcasting and lecture capture platform, which can be made accessible by adding
- UPK: Training software to develop online tutorials for students, faculty, and staff applications
- Qualtrics: Online software to create and administer surveys
News and Tips
- For software training, visit the Faculty and Staff Training (FAST) site.
- For more information or assistance on educational technology, contact the Digital Corner.
- WCU website is available in Text-Only Versions to support persons with disabilities.
- MyWCU enables authorized users to select an accessibility option to personalize the
myWCU screen layout in support of persons with vision disabilities.
- Wall-mounted digital signage monitors are being replaced and installed to comply with
- Use of videos originally created with closed-captioning is strongly recommended. Copying,
converting, or adding caption to the original videos without permission from the creator
is a violation of copyright law.
- A wheelchair-accessible table is available in the computer lab, Anderson room 7.
- Motorized projection screens are installed in the majority of the classrooms.
- The Library and the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities provide additional services and resources for WCU qualified students, faculty, and
staff with disabilities.