Accessibility at FIT
Accessibility is for Everyone
Electronic information technology (EIT) accessibility removes barriers to content delivered online—on websites, in apps, in emails, etc.
Accessibility focuses on all users, including those who use assistive technology, such as screen readers. It extends to users who have physical, sensory, and/or cognitive disabilities.
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New! Submit a webpage, document, or email and receive an accessibility assessment in return.
This is a pilot program that will continue through the fall 2023 semester.
"Disability" is broadly defined as a condition that may be physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional, developmental, or some combination of these.
A disability may be present from birth or occur during a person's lifetime. A disability may be temporary or permanent.
Disabilities Are Common
One in 4 U.S. adults – 61 million Americans – have a disability that impacts major life activities. For Americans over the age of 75, the percentage is even higher: 46%.
The percentage of U.S. public school students who receive special education or related services has increased over the last decade, to 13% of public school enrollment.
Sources: Centers for Disease Control, United States Census Bureau, National Center for Educational Statistics
Universal Design Benefits Everyone
Prioritizing accessibility usually improves usability for all, with or without a disability. Making a physical or online space accessible to individuals with disabilities also makes those spaces friendlier to others.
For example, video captions are created for viewers who are deaf and hard of hearing. But captions also help those with reading disabilities and those who are learning a new language.
Guidelines, Laws, and Policies
Schools that receive public funding are subject to guidelines determined by their respective state legislatures and the federal government. Schools that are part of larger systems, like SUNY, may also be subject to additional guidelines.
If you have questions or need more assistance with accessibility policies and procedures, please contact Norma Stary at [email protected].