Breaking Down Barriers: Embedding ADA Compliance into your ETD Workflow to Increase Access

A session at USETDA 2013

Thursday 25th July, 2013

2:45pm to 3:45pm (PST)

Kravis Center, Lower Court 62

Speaker: Carmen Mitchell, Institutional Repository Librarian, Cal State San Marcos

Enacted in 1990, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that U.S. programs and services be accessible to individuals with disabilities. In 1996, a Department of Justice ruling makes it clear that ADA accessibility requirements apply to Internet resources. Breaking Down Barriers: Embedding ADA Compliance into your ETD Workflow to Increase Access explains how Cal State San Marcos incorporated ADA compliance into the workflow when they transitioned from a paper thesis and dissertation process to electronic. ADA compliance is now a campus requirement for all theses, graduate projects, or dissertations.

Graduate students are offered workshops on creating ADA compliant files, including training on what the word "accessible" means and learning how some assistive technologies work. The library partners with Academic Technology Services on the workshops, and promotes them through the graduate programs, social media, and the library website.

For students who still struggle with making their files ADA compliant, one-on-one consultations on ADA compliance are offered. These one-on-one sessions are paid for with the thesis fee that each graduate student pays to the campus. Additional ETD tools for students include a “thesis checklist” as well as online tutorials and videos.

By requiring ADA compliance in ETDs, Cal State San Marcos is educating students on potential pitfalls that are faced by people with disabilities, as well as supporting the mission of the university as an academic community dedicated to intellectual engagement, community, integrity, innovation, and inclusiveness.

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Time 2:45pm3:45pm PST

Date Thu 25th July 2013


Kravis Center, The Claremont Colleges

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