As a Jesuit Catholic institution, the identity of Loyola University Maryland is uniquely expressed through its dedication to the “personal care” (cura personalis) of each individual, based on the fundamental dignity of all human beings in conjunction with a regard for the particular needs of each person. For individuals with disabilities, the need for the University to provide seamlessly accessible programs and environments exists. Loyola has a strong record of commitment to promoting accessibility for all members of its community who have disabilities – be they students, employees, or visitors – so they can easily access the University’s campus, programs, and electronic resources.
The University is committed to creating and maintaining accessible electronic resources, such as websites, library resources, and online course content so all members of the Loyola community can benefit from the resources provided. This website is maintained by Loyola’s Accessibility Task Force to help create and maintain accessible web pages and other electronic communications. This will ensure individuals with various types of disabilities that limit their ability to access web-based programs and information have access to Loyola’s electronic resources, services, and programs.
Web Accessibility Means Inclusivity at Jesuit Institutions
“St. Ignatius wrote, “love consists in a mutual communication between two persons. That is, the one who gives and communicates to the beloved what he or she has...and the beloved in return does the same. Thus, if one has knowledge, one gives it to the other who does not.”
Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, wrote, “The power of the Web is in its universality. Access by everyone regardless of disability is an essential aspect."
Xavier University is moving down the path of developing virtual courses and programs, but as we do this, along with many other Jesuit schools, we need to be mindful of our Ignatian mission of inclusion. Berners-Lee would agree with the Jesuits in that there should be "no boundaries with respect to the invitation to learn via online sources.” Read more of the article A Mission-Driven Effort to Incorporate Web Accessibility into Online Courses.