Technology Accessibility

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The Americans with Disabilities Act established that accessibility is a civil right.

NIU is required to have accessible electronic and information technology (EIT). Technology is accessible when people with and without disabilities are able to use it independently in the same timeframe to get the same information, engage in the same interactions and receive the same services.

Electronic and Information Technology

Electronic information software, systems and equipment used in the creation, manipulation, storage and display or transmission of data must be accessible. This includes:

  • Digital content
  • Software applications
  • Support documentation and services 
  • Operating systems
  • Videos and multimedia
  • Kiosks
  • Information transaction machines
  • Copiers
  • Printers
  • Desktop and portable computers

Accessible Technology

EIT at NIU must be accessible to people who are:

  • Blind or have a visual impairment
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Unable to use a mouse
  • Unable to use a keyboard
  • Wheelchair users

Accessible Technology Law and Policy

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)