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Information Services

Accessibility

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Information Services

Address:
Anderson Hall
West Chester, PA 19383


Phone: 610-436-2828
Fax: 610-436-3240
Email: wcuis@wcupa.edu


Support Services

Administrative Computing: 610-436-3482
D2L Services: 610-436-3350
Digital Corner: 610-430-4089
Digital Media Center: 610-436-2737
IT Help Desk: 610-436-3350
myWCU: 610-436-3350
ResNet Central: 610-436-2660
Software Application Training: 610-436-3397
Telecom: 610-436-3535
Web Team: 610-436-0043

Information Technology (IT) Accessibility

West Chester University is committed to diversity and providing a barrier-free information technology environment to all students, faculty, and staff. The Information Services Division has collaborated with campus constituents to develop plans to comply with ADA standards as they apply to information technology.

Information Services is a campus-wide resource meant to:

  • Provide and adhere to accessible coding standards and use tools to develop and test electronic content for accessibility;
  • Address accessibility for classrooms and computer lab configurations;
  • Promote and provide consulting services, accessibility guides, training, and other solutions needed for creating accessible IT resources; and,
  • Collaborate with IT software providers to explore solutions to accessibility challenges.

Please forward questions or comments to ITaccessibility@wcupa.edu.

Tools/Technology

West Chester University uses licensed software packages and free online tools to create accessible electronic content. Assistive Technology is also available to WCU students, faculty, and staff with disabilities.

Guidelines for Accessible Content

Web Development Tools

  • WAVE: Free web accessibility evaluation tool to aid in web pages development
  • W3C Checklist: Checklist for web content developers

Accessible Software Applications

  • Camtasia: Screen recording and video editing software with built-in speech-to-text capability for closed captioning
  • Kaltura: Video playing platform integrated with Desire2Learn, which can be made accessible by adding captions
  • Mediasite: Webcasting and lecture capture platform, which can be made accessible by adding captions
  • UPK: Training software to develop online tutorials for students, faculty, and staff applications
  • Qualtrics: Online software to create and administer surveys

Assistive Technology

News and Tips

  • For software training, visit the Software Application Training site.
  • For more information or assistance on educational technology, contact the Digital Corner.
  • WCU website is available in Text-Only Versions to support persons with disabilities.
  • MyWCU enables authorized users to select an accessibility option to personalize the myWCU screen layout in support of persons with vision disabilities.
  • Wall-mounted digital signage monitors are being replaced and installed to comply with ADA guidelines.
  • Use of videos originally created with closed-captioning is strongly recommended. Copying, converting, or adding caption to the original videos without permission from the creator is a violation of copyright law.
  • A wheelchair-accessible table is available in the computer lab, Anderson room 7.
  • Motorized projection screens are installed in the majority of the classrooms.
  • The Library and the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities provide additional services and resources for WCU qualified students, faculty, and staff with disabilities.