SPG 601.20 “Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility,” went live on June 20, 2022.
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From a U-M Library Staff Intranet Article
The University has a Standard Practice Guide (SPG) on digital accessibility! The official policy, SPG 601.20 “Electronic and Information Technology Accessibility,” went live on June 20, 2022.
The goal of the policy is summed up in one sentence:
“Electronic and information technology should provide equal access and be as effective, available, and usable for individuals with disabilities as for those who do not have disabilities.”
The policy outlines how this goal will be implemented in procured technology, internally developed or maintained technology, and adaptive technology.
The policy is “owned” by ITS and ECRT. These offices enforce and support its implementation.
What does this policy mean for the Library?
The Library has already been thinking about digital accessibility for a long time.
In 2019, we participated in a voluntary pilot of the forthcoming SPG. We worked to align with the policy in advance, and reported back to ITS and ECRT on the challenges we discovered and needs we had.
We have accessibility service teams that will help our organization respond to emerging needs:
- Digital Accessibility Team (DAT)
- Accessibility Remediation Program (ARP)
The SPG will require and enable us to address digital accessibility in a more systematic and comprehensive way. This will take time and require coordination, as well as the combined expertise of many Library folks.
We are in the early stages of developing a plan, identifying key partners, and setting out a timeline.
Where can I learn more?
ITS has updated the accessibility website with info on the new policy, including an FAQ. More opportunities to learn about the Library plan and get involved will be coming soon!