PCOA Overview

Accessibility is defined as providing the “ability to access” and benefit from some system or entity. This includes access to electronic information resources and services through multiple ways so that communication is not contingent on a single sense or ability. Accessibility is a responsibility shared by Texas state agencies and institutions of higher education.

In December 2016, the Electronic Information Resources Accessibility (EIR) Committee was formed to provide leadership and guidance with regard to assessing risk for electronic information resources accessibility, recommend inclusive practices to minimize barriers that prevent interaction with or access to resources and services for people with disabilities, and advocate for the best interests of faculty, staff, and students. Beginning October 2019, the Electronic Information Resources Accessibility (EIR) Committee will be renamed the President’s Commission on Accessibility (PCOA).

Purpose of the PCOA

The PCOA brings stakeholders together from across the university to collaborate and communicate with respect to accessibility. The Commission will address compliance initiatives, complete strategic planning with respect to accessibility, provide status updates to university leadership, and provide the university with guidance, consultation, awareness, and training on accessibility.

In addition, the PCOA serves as an advisory body to the A&M-San Antonio councils, working groups, committees, and other entities, as appropriate.

View complete PCOA Charter


Complaints regarding the inaccessibility of University Web pages should be directed to Lydia Harkey, the University's EIR Accessibility Officer from the office of Center for IT Excellence.

Lydia Harkey
IT Accessibility Director