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CAT Grand Opening - October 25
October 20, 2010:
Monday, October 25, 2010, 12 noon — Shields Library Courtyard
We would be honored by your participation at the grand opening for the new Center for Accessible Technologies (CAT), located in one of our computer labs in Shields Library, Room 163. The CAT is the result of a collaborative effort between several campus units — IET (Academic Technology Services), Student Affairs (Student Disability Center), the University Library, and ARM (Human Resources and Safety Services). The planning and development of the center involved many interested parties from our campus community and is one of the outcomes from the work of the Electronic Accessibility Committee that one of us (Pete) established last year, with representation from campus service providers, faculty, staff and students. The committee was chaired by Professor Catherine Kudlick (History) and provided a unique venue through which a common vision for the campus center evolved. The grand opening of the center is planned for October 25th as one of several events being coordinated through DIAAC in celebration of Disability Awareness Month and the 20th Anniversary of the ADA. We're delighted that Chancellor Katehi will be joining us and kicking off the event with some opening remarks.
This center is a pioneering initiative (one of a few in the country) that will position UC Davis as a model to other educational institutions in our region and beyond. The center brings together resources that used to be scattered across campus into a centralized area open to all faculty, students, and staff, with and without disabilities. The center is just at its beginning and there is more to come. It is a facility where assistance with a variety of state-of-the-art accessible hardware (e.g., large-screen adjustable height monitors), software (e.g., screen reading, dictation software), and furnishings (e.g., adjustable chairs, tables) will be available. The center will also serve as a venue where all our faculty and staff can be informed about e-access issues and strategies for greater inclusiveness. For example, faculty and staff will be encouraged to use the facility to learn how to create accessible course materials, try out accessibility hardware for their own needs, or learn how their students or colleagues use these technologies to meet their needs. Most importantly, the center exemplifies our campus's Vision for Excellence by fostering innovation, collaboration, and exciting new opportunities for learning and teaching that will enable all of our students, faculty, staff, donors, alumni and friends of UC Davis to excel.
We hope to see you at the event on October 25th, 2010, and we welcome your help in ensuring the word (and the flyer attached (http://www.lib.ucdavis.edu/ul/news/images/cat-grand-opening.pdf)PDF) gets out to all staff, faculty and students.
Peter M. Siegel
Campus Chief Information Officer
Associate Executive Vice Chancellor
Campus Community Relations
Administrative and Resource Management