Information Technology and the Disabilities and Computing Program

Equal access to computer software and information is crucial to educational and employment achievement. Colleges and universities have an important obligation under the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 to ensure that campus computing and information resources are readily accessible and fully usable to students, faculty and staff with disabilities.

At UCLA, the responsibility for computer and information accessibility is shared by campus computing facilities, information providers, and departments. Recognizing the need for a central coordinating unit for these access concerns, the Chancellor established the Disabilities and Computing Program (DCP) in 1987 as a permanent campus-wide program. The DCP is based in UCLA’s Office of Information Technology.

Research and Development

In order to accomplish its mission, the DCP staff spends a significant amount of time on research and development projects. This includes continuous tracking of new technology developments in areas ranging from voice recognition to international web accessibility initiatives, piloting of new technologies, and development and deployment of new services based on changing needs and evolving technologies. These Research and Development projects directly feed our ability to provide services to people with disabilities and to always provide the most effective, state-of-the-art resources.