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New Accessibility Task Force Formed

On April 9, 2014, Chancellor Black created a new UMD Task Force on Accessibility to provide recommendations about Web-based assignment and assessment products and to review the accessibility and equitable use of the UMD Website.

As stated in a January 15, 2014, Media and Technology Accessibility Memo to the Chancellor, critical lawsuit settlements clearly indicate that the Department of Justice considers that People with Disabilities (PWD) must have equitable access to the Web and Web-based assignment and assessment products comparable to that of individuals without disabilities.

Chancellor Black's Charge to the Task Force

After consulting with the Campus Climate Leadership Team the Chancellor has charged the Task Force to:

Provide recommendations about Web-based assignment and assessment products (those currently in use and those under consideration) and develop a framework and process for academic departments to use when adopting such products.

Review the accessibility and equitable use of the UMD Website, utilizing a recently released report about the site's new design.

With membership from across campus, the Task Force will work to fulfill its charge and provide a report by the end of 2014.

Accessibility Task Force Members

  • Laura Carlson (co-chair)
  • Penny Cragun (co-chair)
  • Emily Norenberg (co-chair)
  • Peter Angelos
  • Tim Caskey
  • Betsy Husby
  • Adrea Olson
  • Jerry Pepper
  • Jeff Romano
  • Scott Schultz
  • Karen Stromme
  • Lori Stroik
  • Bilin Tsai
  • Joel Youngblom

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