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Cultivate Inclusion

Welcome to the Cal Poly Accessibility website, a support resource to help the University create a more inclusive experiences on Canvas sites, websites, Zoom meetings, documents, presentations, and applications by promoting accessibility.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2018) reports that about 1 in 4 adults in the United States have some kind of disability. It is important to know that many disabilities are not visible, and students are not required to disclose that information. According to the National Center for Learning Disabilities, only about 24% of students with Specific Learning Disabilities officially disclosed that fact when they got to college. Reasons include fear of discrimination, low self-esteem, and lack of self-advocacy skills. Staff or faculty members may also have an invisible disability.

The CSU Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) was established to help campuses implement the electronic and information technology aspects of the policy.

Cal Poly works collaboratively with the Chancellor’s Office and other CSU campuses to develop plans, identify resources, and establish standards and practices for achieving the goals of the ATI.


New Department of Education Videos on Accessibility

The U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights announced a new video series covering a variety of topics on digital access in education, including how people with disabilities use technology, applicable Federal regulations, and identifying and remediating barriers to access.


See all the Department of Education accessibility videos


Ongoing Opportunities

The "Why" and DIY of Video Captioning

This training is part of the Disability Tapas weekly presentation series. Training time is 1 ½ hours.

If you have any questions, contact John Lee at jlee245@calpoly.edu.

Opportunities for Accessibility Training

An online, self-paced accessible document training course is now available on a first come first serve basis. Potential course participants would be any CSU faculty and staff who generate public-facing digital documents using Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Adobe Acrobat.

The course extends for approximately four weeks and requires two to four hours a week to complete.


WebAIM Accessible Document training will be available through June 2022

This course is designed for participants that have experience creating Word, PowerPoint, and Excel documents. Web development or design experience is not required. This is an independent-study course covers principles and processes for:

  • Creating accessible document content and structure in Word and PowerPoint.
  • Evaluating the accessibility of well-structured Worand PowerPoint documents.
  • Optimizing the accessibility of PDFs exported from well-structured Word and PowerPoint documents with Acrobat.
  • Creating accessible document content and structure in Excel (bonus module).


To register, visit the CSU ATI website to sign up for the training.


Web Accessibility for Content Editors

This 2-hour training is a high-level introduction to accessibility guidelines and principles, and processes used to create content with a built-in editor. Web Content Editors are the employees that update the website once it has been developed.


  • Introduction to web accessibility
  • Images and alternative text (including complex images/charts)
  • Common techniques in content editors (headings, tables, lists, links, color)


More information is available at Introductions to Accessibility: Documents & Web Content


Virtual Trainings

Supplementary virtual trainings on two topics have also been developed and are scheduled for quarterly delivery over Zoom. Learn more and sign up for virtual sessions.


President Armstrong's Message about Accessibility

Cal Poly President Jeffrey D. Armstrong recorded this short video message for Cal Poly's first-ever celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), which was held on Thursday, May 19th, 2016. The video includes English subtitles:

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