President's Committee on Disabilities and Access
The President’s Committee on Disabilities and Access (PCDA) was established in 1993 in response to a recommendation from the original Task Force on Disabilities. The charge of the PCDA is to provide oversight on a broad spectrum of issues of interest to students, faculty and staff with disabilities, and to assist with the implementation of strategies ensuring campus compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990. This committee is the primary campus advocate for disability issues and has the following responsibilities:
- Make recommendations on developing policies or implementing programs to eliminate discrimination against people with disabilities.
- Review and recommend steps for physical and program access for persons with disabilities.
- Advise the campus on implementation of programs consistent with applicable laws.
- Asses the effectiveness of current efforts to eliminate physical and program barriers.
In 2005, the President’s Committee on Disabilities and Access established new goals to ensure compliance with Section 504 and the ADA. The following goals also incorporate the requirements of the Chancellor’s Office Executive Order 926 issued January 1, 2005.
- Periodically assess current membership of the PCD to ensure compliance with Executive Order 926 or subsequent amendments, changes in laws and demographics and adjust membership as necessary. Per original charge to committee, membership will not exceed 15.
- Maintain and increase awareness of the PCD and disability issues in the campus community.
- Periodically review and update evacuation and emergency response procedures for all persons with disabilities.
- Ensure that adequate funding is maintained for the office of Services for Students with Disabilities that is sufficient to meet the academic support needs of students on campus.
- Continually address and update technology accessibility issues.
- Maintain and enhance physical accessibility of campus facilities.
The membership was revised in 2005 to be consistent with Executive Order 926. Since there is overlap between California State University system-wide requirements and the existing campus committee, some individuals serve in multiple roles. The original limitation on membership to 15 has been expanded to accommodate EO 926 requirements. Total voting members now number 20 when all positions are filled.