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Whether you have a disability or not, the ATI is committed to ensuring equivalent access to all information and communications technology (ICT) resources on our campuses. We provide direct assistive technology assessment, training, and support services to individuals with disabilities in the Mason community who require immediate technology solutions. We also work closely with our campus strategic partners to develop and implement a broad, comprehensive ICT accessibility plan. Contact Us for more information!
- Informal assistive technology (AT) assessments and training (walk-ins or referrals)
- Provision of accessible media (closed captioning and audio description for instructional and front-facing video resources)*
- Provision of accessible textbook and tactile graphics for students, staff, and faculty with print-related disabilities
- Document remediation for any Word, PowerPoint, or PDF documents hosted on front-facing websites or used in the classroom
- Web Accessibility testing, training, and support (for all Mason websites and classroom web-based tools)
- Training and support on creating accessible instructional materials (documents, videos, etc.).
- Course accessibility audits (online, face-to-face, and hybrid)*
- Technical assistance for ITS and Library personnel on ICT accessibility and/or AT-related issues
- Maintenance of Assistive Technology Labs in campus libraries
- Provision of other resources for accessible technology
Choose your Ally — Blackboard Ally!
Since the fall 2020 semester, Blackboard Ally has been made available in all of your online and/or hybrid courses! It is also available in face-to-face courses using Blackboard.
For Students, Ally creates a more engaging and user-friendly experience by enabling you to select the alternate formats (e.g., electronic braille, PDFs, audio/MP3, etc.) that best support your specific learning needs.
For Faculty, Ally is an accessibility tool that is designed to help you build a more inclusive online learning environment and improve access to instructional resources. In other words, Ally assists you with identifying images, documents, and content in your Blackboard course site (or organization) that could be inaccessible to your students.
Want to learn more about how Ally help you?
Contact the ATI Office for more information!