Loyola University Maryland’s Accessibility Task Force (ATF) was formed in 2011 and was tasked with auditing Loyola’s online systems and services to ensure they were accessible for all users. Since then, the Committee’s mission has evolved and grown, and we are now working on other goals related to online accessibility (detailed in the Vision and Mission sections). The ATF is comprised of faculty, administrators, staff, and students.
Our vision is to assist the University's effort to promote awareness; provide information; and offer education to the Loyola community regarding the skills, rights, needs, and dignity of people with disabilities (characteristics). The principal goals of the Accessibility Task Force are to assure that all Loyola-based electronic media is accessible; to provide the necessary assistive technological equipment and services to students and employees with disabilities so they may access electronic information; and arrange training for the University community on the importance of electronic accessibility and how to make online items accessible.
The mission of the Accessibility Task Force Committee is to identify any barriers, which prevent open and equal access to all electronic programs and services at Loyola University Maryland and to eliminate them, so as to ensure all members of the community can fully participate in the University's online environment.
The Task Force will determine best practices for the development, procurement, maintenance, and use of the electronic and information technologies of the University and of its information technology business partners, so as to ensure equal access to such technologies for all constituents of Loyola University Maryland.
Our constituents include both current and prospective students, parents, faculty, staff, as well as administrators, alumni, grantors, consultants, contractors, other business partners of the University, and visitors to the University website.
The goal of the Accessibility Task Force stems from its commitment to offer the means through which all members of the Loyola University Maryland community, as well as those beyond it, may obtain access to the institution’s online systems and technology services. The Committee will rely on the guidance of prevailing governmental regulations concerning persons with disabilities and best practices in higher education. In conformity with the mission of Loyola University Maryland, and in accordance with the Institutional Statement on Technology Accessibility to be established by the University, the Accessibility Task Force pursues the following objectives to meet our goal:
- Assure all Loyola-based electronic media is accessible
- Provide necessary assistive technology equipment and services to students and employees with disabilities to access electronic information
- Arrange training for the University community on how to make electronic information accessible
Task Force Committee Members
- Paul Bagley, Associate Professor, Philosophy
- Peter Farrell, Senior Systems Engineer, Technology Services
- Amy Filardo, Director, Web Communications
- Louise Finn, Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President, Technology Services, Co-Chair of the Accessibility Task Force
- Molly Fredette, Director, The Study
- Dave Gerrity, Associate Athletic Director, Athletics
- Kimberly Hall, Assistant Director/Web Content Manager, Web Communications
- Megan Henry, Assistant Director, Disability Support Services
- Amy Mantegna, Director, Compensation and HRIS, Human Resources
- Tracy McMahon, Assistant Director Faculty Technology Center
- Suzanne Monthie, Technology Training Consultant, Technology Services
- Monica Phelps, Clinical Instructor, Education Specialties
- Barbara Preece, Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library
- Henry Schneider, Administrative Assistant, Technology Services
- Richard Sigler, Director, Project Management Office
- Jessica Smith, Manager, Technology Training Center, Technology Services
- Steven Sykes, Assistant Director, HR
- Marcia Wiedefeld, Director, Disability Support Services, Co-Chair of the Accessibility Task Force