Contact the ATAC: (812) 856-4112 or atac@iu.edu

Our mission

The UITS Assistive Technology and Accessibility Centers (ATAC) support Indiana University’s commitment to providing accessible programs and services for its students, departments, faculty, and staff. The ATAC partners with campus disability services to offer assistive technology and IT accessibility consultations, presentations, training, and support.

Accomplishments

In fiscal year 2015-16, the ATAC served more than 600 students, faculty, and staff while providing part-time employment for 30 IU students. It also: 

  • Created 585,000 pages of alternate media
  • Provided captions for 19,200 minutes of course video
  • Described 1980 minutes of video
  • Delivered 806 semester-long loans of assistive technologies
  • Performed 240 website and IT accessibility evaluations

Staff

The ATAC’s staff fill a diverse set of roles in support of its many services.

Manager

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.

Professional Staff

  • John Ault, Client and technology support analyst
    John supports the assistive technology and alternative media needs of students, faculty and staff from the IUPUI, IU East, IU Kokomo, IU Northwest, IU South Bend, IU Southeast, and IUPUC 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.
  • Tomas Gregg, AT user support specialist
    Tomas specializes in assistive technology consultation, training and support. He also tends the AT library, oversees the captioning and descriptive transcript services and works with university departments to provide assistive technology software across all IU campuses.
  • Michael Mace, Principal accessibility analyst
    Leads the ATAC course accessibility team in support of faculty and staff with the development of accessible instruction by providing course and learning technology accessibility evaluations, UDL/accessibility consultations, and trainings.
  • Mary Stores, Senior alternate media specialist
    Mary provides functional testing and technical support to assistive technology users who are blind or have low vision. She is a braille transcriber and received her JAWS certification in March of 2015.
  • Alternate media user support specialis(Vacant, applications closed, now interviewing)
    Along with providing end-user technical support, this position helps to oversee the alternate media production for those with low vision and blindness.
  • Alternate media user support specialis(Vacant)
    Along with providing end-user technical support, this position helps to oversee the alternate media production for those with low vision and blindness.

Graduate assistant

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

  • Terry Sutherland, Temporary accessibility consultant
    The temporary accessibility consultant performs accessibility evaluations in support of the UITS Accessibility Initiative.
  • 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, creating tactile diagrams, and captioning/describing video.