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Web Accessibility at Ferris

Electronic Information Technology (EIT) Accessibility Goals

Ferris State University strives to provide a barrier-free technology environment to all members of the University community consistent with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) section 504 and subsequent amendments.

Ferris Resources for ADA Compliance and Who to Contact

In support of these efforts, we are committed to:

  • Web development work that is high-quality and accessible.
  • Ensuring the needs of all individuals are considered before technology solutions are implemented.
  • Working closely with the Provost and the Disabilities Services Offices in their mission to assist students with disabilities.
  • Partnering with the Ferris State University community, assisting with the review and development of accessibility solutions for new and existing technology services.
  • Collaboration through a network of professional development providers who will maintain our commitment to accessibility.

Principles of Accessible Design

A list of some key principles of accessible design. Most accessibility principles can be implemented very easily and will not impact the overall "look and feel" of your website.

Check your webpages for Accessibility: Install the WAVE (Web Accessibility Evaluation Tool) extension to your Chrome or Firefox browers.

UsableNet: Technology & Services for Digital Accessibility

Ferris State University has partnered with UsableNet to provide a text-only accessible version of the website. The UsableNet Blog is a reliable source for the latest news and developments about Web Accessibility.

Cheat Sheets

These one-page accessibility resources, or “cheat sheets,” have been developed to assist anyone who is creating accessible content. These free resources are catered to less-technical individuals, such as faculty and staff.

eLearning Resources at Ferris State University

The Ferris State eLearning Team offers many resources to help users create accessible materials as well as designing courses using Universal Design principles to provide the best possible instruction to all students.

Hoonuit Video Training Resource

Making your documents accessible ensures that all people to the best of their ability are able to access the content of your document. The Hoonuit video training resource will help users learn the skills to make accessible documents. The one-hour video course, Creating an Accessible Syllabus Using Acrobat Pro DC & Word 2016 (PC), is applicable to any document-type you want to make accessible. The Hoonuit video training resource is available to all Ferris employees and students. Learn how to access Hoonuit through the MyFSU portal.

Ferris Employees: Select the Employee tab in the MyFSU portal and then the Professional Development link. You will notice a link to Hoonuit under the Professional Development Quick Links.

Help With Electronic Information Technology

If you have difficulty accessing Electronic Information Technology at Ferris State University or any portions of this website due to incompatibility with adaptive technology, or if you need electronic information in an alternative format, please contact us at:

Educational Counseling and Disabilities Services
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 1017
Big Rapids, MI 49307
(231) 591-3057

We also welcome suggestions on how we can make this website more accessible.

FSU's Director of Accessibility can be contacted at [email protected] or (231) 591-3057. The Director of Accessibility is responsible for coordinating the efforts of the University to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and investigating any student complaints regarding the ADA.