Information Technology Accessibility Committee
Loyola University Maryland’s Information Technology Accessibility Committee 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 grown and it is now working on other goals related to online accessibility (detailed in the Vision and Mission sections). The committee is comprised of faculty, administrators, staff, and students.
The committee's 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 Information Technology Accessibility Committee 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 to arrange training for the University community on the importance of electronic accessibility and how to make online items accessible.
The mission of the Information Technology Accessibility Committee is to identify any barriers that may prevent open and equal access to all electronic programs and services at Loyola University Maryland and to eliminate them to ensure all members of the community can fully participate in the University's online environment.
The Committee will determine best practices for the development, procurement, maintenance, and use of the electronic and information technologies of the University, as well of its information technology business partners, 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 Information Technology Accessibility Committee 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 Information Technology Accessibility Committee 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
Over the last year, the committee has been hard at work drafting an accessibility standards document.
- Rachel Bressler, Graduate Student
- Peter Farrell, Senior Systems Engineer, Technology Services
- Louise Finn, Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President, Technology Services, Committee Co-Chair
- Molly Fredette, Director, The Study
- Dave Gerrity, Associate Athletic Director, Athletics
- Kimberly Hall, Assistant Director/Web Content Manager, Web Communications
- Youlanda Halterman, Loyola/Notre Dame Library
- Megan Henry, Assistant Director, Disability Support Services
- Danielle Johnson, Loyola/Notre Dame Library
- Tracy McMahon, Assistant Director, Educational Technology
- Kathleen Parnell, Assistant Vice President, Human Resources
- Barbara Preece, Director, Loyola/Notre Dame Library
- Erin Richardson, Director Program Operations, Communication
- Jessica Smith, Manager, Technology Training Center, Technology Services
- Marcia Wann, Office Manager, Technology Services
- Marcia Wiedefeld, Director, Disability Support Services, Committee Co-Chair