The Assistive Technology Initiative facilitates accessible text production for current Mason students, faculty, and staff requiring equal access to university curriculum and related resources.
Who We Serve
Students, faculty and staff with a documented print related disability are able to receive accessible text services through referrals.
- Students are referred through the Office of Disability Services. Please contact: 703-993-2474.
- Faculty and staff are referred through the ADA Coordinator: Compliance, Diversity and Ethics. Please contact: 703-993-8730
- Mason LIFE Program: Providing Mason LIFE students with accessible text(s) for their coursework.
- Orientation and Family Programs and Services (OFPS): Providing accessible versions of the OFPS Orientation Guide and additional handouts.
What is Accessible Text?
Accessible text is converted printed material (such as textbooks, articles, exams/quizzes) in an electronic format that is accessible via computer or other electronic devices.
Formats produced include: Microsoft Word, PDF, RTF, DAISY, Braille, and Tactile Graphics.
Processing requests require a minimum turnaround time of two weeks.*
If alternate format is unavailable from membership organizations, we will acquire the material directly from the publisher or manually scan. Manually scanning includes, for example, the removal of textbook cover, high-speed scanning, and OCR (Optical Character Recognition) processing. Books will be rebound with plastic comb binding. The accessible document will be delivered electronically (i.e. Email or Dropbox).
*Depending on content and other variables (i.e. STEM), turnaround times may be longer. We handle these special circumstances on a case-by-case basis.