What are Electronic Information Resources (EIR)?

As defined in Title 1 Texas Administrative Code Chapter 213, electronic and information resources include “information technology and any equipment or interconnected system or subsystem of equipment that is used in the creation, conversion, duplication, or delivery of data or information.” The term includes but is not limited to “telecommunications products (such as telephones), information […]

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Accessibility of Electronic Information Resources (EIR)

According to the State of Texas Department of Information Resources, “Electronic and Information Resources (EIR) accessibility means providing electronic information and services through multiple ways so that communication is not contingent on a single sense or ability.” Creating, utilizing and procuring accessible EIR allows those with disabilities to access information that everyone else can. It’s the […]

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Accessibility: Checklist for Course Designers and Instructors

Accessible electronic information is mandated by state and federal laws. Here’s a checklist for course designers and instructors to utilize in order to ensure that all instructional materials, including information provided for reference, is accessible to everyone, including those with disabilities. For questions, specific information and additional resources, contact eiraccessibility@tamhsc.edu. The course syllabus contains information […]

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Tips for Developing PDF Forms

It is important that forms on our websites be usable and accessible. We’ve developed some simple guidelines to assist you with form building at the HSC. Best practices Develop a consistent heading for all forms that indicates the office of origin and contact information Utilize consistent fonts that are easy to read (see HSC Brand […]

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Accessibility: Web Documents

Texas Government Code 2054, Subchapter M, enacted in 2005, requires that all state agencies, including universities and institutions of higher education, provide state employees and members of the public access to and use of electronic information resources. State web accessibility standards, outlined in Texas Administrative Code Chapter 206, are in alignment with federal regulations as […]

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Steps to PDF accessibility compliance

Accessibility allows all users, regardless of abilities or disabilities, to access information provided by the HSC. When planning new web pages or sites, accessibility should always be considered. This is especially important when utilizing PDFs, which aren’t typically accessible to those with vision impairments unless specifically designed in that way. Questions to ask regarding PDFs […]

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Web: Accessibility Guidelines

According to the Department of Information Resources, “Electronic Information Resource [or EIR] accessibility means providing electronic information and services in a variety of ways that does not depend on a single sense or ability.” This includes all information on external and internal TAMHSC websites. When planning new web pages or sites, accessibility should always be […]

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Accessibility: Microsoft Word Documents

Most Microsoft Word documents can be made accessible to those with vision impairments by following these conventions: Make sure content is concise.  If possible use half the words of a print publication. Develop a page structure similar to that of a webpage, with content separated by distinct headings, which can be formatted using heading choices […]

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Accessibility: PDF files

Most PDFs are image files which are not accessible to vision impaired individuals. State institutions such as Texas A&M Health Science Center (TAMHSC) must meet accessibility requirements set forth by federal and state laws. Follow these steps if you choose to utilize information found within a PDF, or if you are a CMS approver who […]

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Accessibility: Exception Request Form

Background: TAMHSC strives to provide everyone equal access and opportunity to discover, communicate, and apply knowledge and abilities. Ours is a culture of inclusiveness, so that, regardless of an individual’s abilities or disabilities, everyone can access information easily. This applies to all new or changed webpages and web content and all other EIR goods and […]

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