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Electronic and Information Technology (EIT) Accessibility Standards and Procedures


Mount Holyoke College is committed to providing equal opportunity to persons with disabilities, including equal access to participate in and benefit from College programs, services and activities provided through electronic and information technology (EIT). It is important that accessibility is in the forefront as we design, build, acquire or use new EIT.  Mount Holyoke College has an EIT Accessibility Policy that establishes minimum standards and expectations regarding the design, acquisition or use of EIT to achieve the College’s legal, moral, and ethical commitments in the digital environment.  This guide details standards, procedures, and workflows for the procurement, development, implementation, and ongoing maintenance of EIT.

What Does Accessible Mean?

“Accessible” means that individuals with disabilities are able to independently acquire the same information, engage in the same interactions, and enjoy the same services within the same timeframe as individuals without disabilities, with substantially equivalent ease and effectiveness of use.

What is EIT?

"Electronic and information technology" or "EIT" includes information technology and any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment that is used in the creation, conversion, or duplication of data or information. The term electronic and information technology includes, but is not limited to:

  • the internet and intranet websites
  • content delivered in digital form
  • electronic books and electronic book reading systems
  • search engines and databases
  • learning management systems
  • classroom technology and multimedia
  • personal response systems ("clickers")
  • office equipment such as classroom podiums, copiers and fax machines
  • telecommunications products (such as telephones)
  • information kiosks
  • Automated Teller Machines (ATMs)
  • transaction machines
  • computers
  • ancillary equipment
  • software
  • firmware
  • services (including support services)
  • equipment maintained and services operated by third-party vendors and related resources

EIT also includes any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment that is used in the automatic acquisition, creation, storage, manipulation, management, movement, control, display, switching, interchange, transmission, or reception of data or information.


MHC Accessibility Barriers Form