Bellingham Technical College provides equal opportunity for all of its educational and administrative services, programs, and activities in accordance with state and federal laws. To support our efforts to make an inclusive and accessible campus, all technology and electronic content must be appropriate, effective, and integrate access for all internal and external groups.
Accessible Technology Policy for Washington State Community and Technical Colleges
This policy is established to support the community and technical colleges in Washington State (CTC) in their obligation to provide equal, effective, and meaningful access to the benefits of technology for individuals with disabilities. All CTCs are mandated to comply with the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Core Services legislation, RCW 28B.10.912 and the Washington State Law against Discrimination, RCW 49.60 and any future legal mandates related to providing equal access to individuals with disabilities. Beyond these legal obligations, however, the SBCTC and its member colleges seek to create environments that allow for the full participation of their diverse communities.
In addition, it is recognized that accessibility is a system-wide responsibility and everyone within the system is responsible for ensuring access. Accessibility is to be addressed at the statewide system level, in institutions, and by individuals.
The CTC community's commitment to ensure access to electronic and information technology (EIT) will be met through the application of accessibility standards, guidelines, training, and a common understanding of these concepts as specified in the Department of Education's June 29, 2010 Dear Colleague letter on Electronic Book Readers.
This document applies to all current and emerging technologies throughout the Washington Community and Technical College system. Read the SBCTC Policy in full here.
Washington SBCTC Committee for Accessible Technology Oversight (CATO)
The charge of CATO is to develop guidelines and provide ongoing advice and support to institutions and members of the Washington community and Technical college system which promote sustainable and proactive practices for the effective and integrated access by all members of our college communities to current, emerging and future technologies in compliance with state and federal laws and policies
WaTech Policy 188
Shortly after the formation of CATO, WaTech, the state’s centralized IT agency, approved Policy 188. This policy states that the technology used by all state agencies must meet minimum accessibility standards and: “This policy establishes the expectation for state agencies that people with disabilities have access to and use of information and data and be provided access to the same services and content that is available to persons without disabilities unless providing direct access is not possible due to technical or legal limitations.”