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Technology Accessibility

NIU is required to have electronic and information technology (EIT) that is accessible.

EIT is

  • electronic information software, systems and equipment used in the creation, manipulation, storage, display or transmission of data, including internet and intranet systems
  • software applications
  • operating systems
  • video and multimedia
  • telecommunications products
  • kiosks
  • information transaction machines
  • copiers
  • printers
  • desktop and portable computers

EIT must be accessible to people who

  • are blind or have a visual impairment
  • are deaf or have a hearing impairment
  • can't use a mouse
  • can't use a keyboard
  • use a wheelchair

Accessible means

People with and without disabilities are able to use the EIT independently in the same timeframe to:

  • get the same information
  • engage in the same interactions
  • receive the same services

Benefits of Accessible Technology

Recruiting and retaining students with disabilities

Earning a reputation for being a center of excellence for accessibility

Reducing risk of litigation (PDF)

NIU Compliance Requirements

Illinois Information Technology Accessibility Act 2.0 effective January 18, 2018

Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act Refresh effective January 18, 2018

NIU's policy on Procuring, Developing, Updating and Maintaining Accessible Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) effective January 18, 2018