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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.


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. Sign up today.

When enrolled in a course, optional virtual consulting office hours are available to bring your own documents for help remediating them with the WebAIM experts.

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


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.


Notes on Accessibility

Javascript or AI accessibility overlays

The CSU-ATI, along with many accessibility and legal experts, DO NOT RECOMMEND use of accessibility overlays. The crux of the problem with these overlays is that they are a bolt-on solution whose promise is greater than its delivery. You can’t truly fix most accessibility errors by changing a line of code. And what’s more, these overlays actually create barriers in most cases that make access even harder for the users (namely screen reader users) for whom they’re intended to help. Accessibility needs to be baked in, considered from the start in order to ensure a truly usable and accessible experience for webpage visitors. These overlays sidestep that approach.


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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