The Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) 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
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, and Braille.
Processing requests require a minimum turnaround time of two weeks*. In order to assist in providing accessible materials in a timely manner, we hold memberships with the following organizations:
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.