Accessibility for WBU Students
If you are a student on the Plainview campus, please check Disability Services.
All WBU students needing a letter of accommodation please check Disability Services
Wayland Baptist University values diverse experiences and perspectives and strives to fully include everyone who engages with WBUonline. Inaccessible IT negatively impacts people with a variety of disabilities, including mobility/orthopedic impairments, sensory impairments, specific learning disabilities, attention deficits, autism spectrum disorders, speech impairments, health impairments, and psychiatric conditions.
WBUonline makes its offerings accessible to individuals with disabilities in accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) and the Amendments Act of 2008. The purpose of the following guidelines is to provide guidance to WBUonline administrators, faculty, and staff for fulfilling Wayland’s commitment to equal access to digital content in all forms including website, software, hardware, and media.
With respect to these guidelines, “accessible” IT means a person with a disability is afforded the opportunity to acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and use the same services as a person without a disability in an equally effective and integrated manner. A person with a disability should be able to obtain the information as fully, equally, and independently as a person without a disability. Although this might not result in identical ease of use compared to persons without disabilities, it still must ensure equal opportunity to experience the educational benefits and opportunities afforded by the technology.
Information Technology (IT) covered in these guidelines include:
- Learning Management Systems
- Software applications
- Video and audio content
- Electronic documents
Technologies and standards evolve at a rapid pace. WBUonline looks to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Level AA for guidance in meeting its IT accessibility commitments. WCAG 2.0 provides success criteria for measuring web accessibility and also provides useful metrics for products and services that are not specifically web-based.
WBUonline is committed to implement full adoption of the accessibility policy and meeting of standards by Fall term of 2020.
A timeline of implementation.
|Area to Comply||Compliance Deadline|
|Official website for WBUonline.com||February 2017|
|WBU.EDU website||May 2017|
|Training Videos||May 2018|
|Technical Classroom Videos||January 2018|
|Newly generated Online Courses||August 2017|
|Online classroom content excluding video||January 2019|
|All classroom video captured||August 2020|
The university has designated Dr. Patricia Ritschel-Trifilo as the Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) Accessibility coordinator. If you cannot fully access the information on a particular page, please contact the coordinator for assistance. WBU is committed to making information resources developed, maintained, distributed and procured by our institution accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities for assistance.
Patricia M. Ritschel-Trifilo, Ph.D
Director of WBUonline (WBUonline)
Wayland Baptist University
1900 W. 7th CMB #1259
Plainview, TX 79072