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Assistive Technology

Removing Obstacles to Learning

The Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) makes Mason's extensive educational materials accessible to those with disabilities.

We assess student and staff needs, train clients to use adaptive technology, provide technical assistance, and train university employees on how to make technology accessible.

We also manage the production of accessible media, and ensure Section 508 Web Compliance, providing an equal and accessible web experience for those who use assistive technology and students taking distance education courses.

ATI works with Information Technology Services and Disability Services, as well as academic and administrative departments/units, faculty, and University Libraries to accommodate the needs of students, staff, and faculty with disabilities.

Explore our Guide to Creating Accessible Electronic Materials for more information about accessible technology.

For Faculty and Staff

  • 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.).
  • Distance education accessibility course audits.
  • Informal assistive technology assessments and training (walk-ins or referrals).
  • Provision of accessible text for those with print-related disabilities (by referral from the Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator).
  • Training on the use of Read & Write (software is free to the Mason community).
  • Provision of other resources for accessible technology.

For Students

  • Training and support on Read & Write software, mobile apps and other applications.
  • Informal assistive technology assessments and training (walk-ins or referrals).
  • Provision of accessible text for those with print-related disabilities (by referral from Disability Services).
  • Maintenance of Assistive Technology Labs in campus University Libraries.
  • Technical assistance for Information Technology Services and library personnel.
  • Access to free scanning station (by appointment).

Contact Us

Assistive Technology Initiative
Fairfax Campus, Aquia Building, Room 238
Phone: 703-993-4329
Email: ati@gmu.edu

Services