The mission of the ATI is to help provide equivalent access to electronic and information technology resources for members of the Mason community, as well as visitors to Mason campuses. This is accomplished by working collaboratively with the ITU, academic and administrative departments/units, faculty, as well as library personnel to develop, coordinate, and implement a university-wide technology accessibility plan that ensures conformity with the technical standards outlined in WCAG 2.0 and Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. This includes training and technical assistance regarding the appropriate use of assistive technology, web compliance, document/media accessibility, procurement, and software applications testing. Additionally, we coordinate with the ODS and the ADA Coordinator to address the technology accommodation needs of students, staff, and faculty with disabilities.
We operate under Compliance, Diversity & Ethics (CDE), reporting directly to the ADA Coordinator.
Explore our Guide to Creating Accessible Electronic Materials (PDF) and the topics in the main navigation for more information about accessible technology.
Faculty & Staff Services
- Provision of accessible media (closed captioning and audio description for videos).
- Web Accessibility Training and Support.
- Web Accessibility Testing for all Mason websites and classroom web-based tools.
- Training and support on Creating Accessible Materials (documents, videos, etc.).
- DE Accessibility Course Audits.
- Informal Assistive Technology (AT) Assessments and AT training (walk-ins or referrals).
- Provision of Accessible Text for faculty & staff with print-related disabilities (referral only from ADA Coordinator).
- Training on the use of Read & Write (free software for the entire Mason community). No referral necessary.
- Provision of other resources for accessible technology.
- Training & Support on Read & Write software, mobile apps and other applications.
- Informal Assistive Technology (AT) assessments and AT training (walk-ins or referrals).
- Provision of Accessible Text for students with print-related disabilities (referral only from Disability Services).
- Maintenance of Assistive Technology Labs in campus libraries.
- Technical assistance for ITU and Library personnel on AT-related issues.
- Access to Free Scanning Station (by appointment only).
- 5/26/2016- 3Play Media Webinar: The Anatomy of an IT Accessibility Coordinator (link opens in a new window).
- Presenters: Kara Zirkle (George Mason University) and Lily Bond (3Play Media)
In The News
- 12/4/2015: Put Kobe’s Farewell Poem in an Accessible Space for Struggling Readers, Students with Disabilities
- 9/10/2015: NetCentric’s Accessibility Newsletter (via LinkedIn): George Mason University’s Winning Assistive Technology Initiative
- 5/5/2015: eCampus News-3 Ways to Stay Ahead of Technology Accessibility Compliance
- 4/9/2015: Mason’s Assistive Technology Initiative Paves Many Paths to Success
- 3/3/2015: eCampus News-Why Online Ed. Accessibility is Not a “When We Get to It” Issue