Our missionThe UITS Assistive Technology and Accessibility Centers (ATAC) support Indiana University’s commitment to providing accessible programs and services for its students, departments, and faculty. The ATAC partners with campus disability services to offer assistive technology and IT accessibility consultations, presentations, training, and support.
In fiscal year 2016-17, the ATAC served more than 375 students, faculty, and staff while providing part-time employment for 45 IU students. It also:
- Created 522,000 pages of alternate media
- Provided captions for 9,880 minutes of course video
- Described 2,600 minutes of video
- Delivered 660 semester-long loans of assistive technologies
The ATAC’s staff fill a diverse set of roles in support of its many services.
Brian Richwine, Manager
Brian focuses on supporting ATAC’s staff and temporary employees, making sure the ATAC’s service offerings exceed the expectations of students with disabilities, and promotes IT accessibility. He has worked in the ATAC since October 2000, and has a BSEE from GMI Engineering & Management Institute.
- Michael Mace, Principal accessibility analyst
Leads the ATAC course accessibility team in support of faculty with the development of accessible instruction by providing course and learning technology accessibility evaluations, UDL/accessibility consultations, and trainings.
- Mary Stores, Principal accessibility analyst
Mary provides functional testing and technical support to assistive technology users who are blind or have low vision. She leads the braille transcription and alternate media teams. Mary received her JAWS certification in March of 2015.
- Tomas Gregg, Senior user support specialist
Tomas specializes in assistive technology consultation, training and support. He tends the AT library, oversees the user support specialists and works with university departments to provide assistive technology software across all IU campuses.
- John Ault, User Support Specialist
John provides AT training and support to students on the IUPUI and regional campuses.
- Scott Ferguson, Alternate media specialist
Scott’s areas of expertise include conversion of print text to digital formats and academic publisher relations for the purposes of securing texts in accessible formats. He provides direct support to students in need of alternate print formats and digital text.
- Christopher Goodbeer, Literary and music braille transcriber
Christopher produces braille transcriptions of text and music scores, and creates tactile graphics of images. He has master's degrees in music and library science, a Library of Congress certificate in literary braille transcribing, and an associate certificate in music braille transcribing.
- Sarah Herpst, User support specialist
Specializes in captioning, transcription, and video description services. Sarah also provides AT training and support to students.
- Destin Hubble, Alternate media user support specialist
Along with providing end-user technical support, this position helps to oversee alternate media production for students with visual impairments.
Amy Yarnell, Lead editor
Amy is a graduate assistant fulfilling the role of lead editor of the alternate media editing team. She tracks requests, coordinates production of alternate media, interacts with faculty and supports alternate media clients.
Part time staff
Alternate media production assistants
The ATAC hires many students as temporary employees to assist with the production of alternate media. They take on various roles such as scanning print materials, processing PDFs, editing eText, describing images, math editing, creating tactile diagrams, and captioning/describing video.