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 2013-14, the ATAC served more than 580 students, faculty, and staff while providing part-time employment for 22 IU students. It also: 

  • Created 480,000 pages of alternate media
  • Provided captions for 4,400 minutes of course video
  • Described 515 minutes of video
  • Delivered 750 semester-long loans of assistive technologies
  • Performed 40 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.
  • 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.
  • Vacant, Principal accessibility analyst
    Leads the ATAC accessibility team and the UITS Accessibility Initiative in support of faculty and staff with the development, procurement, and utilization of accessible IT by providing evaluations, consultations, and trainings.
  • Vacant, AT user support specialist
    Along with providing end-user technical support, this position helps to oversee the alternate media production for those with low vision and blindness.
  • Vacant, Senior accessibility analyst
    Conducts comprehensive web accessibility analyses and consultations, and provides trainings on using assistive technologies.
  • 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.

Graduate assistant

Amber Kinney, Lead editor
Amber 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

  • Christopher Goodbeer, Literary and music braille transcriptionist
    Chris creates transcriptions of literary and music braille. He has master's degrees in music and library science, and is certified by the Library of Congress for braille transcription.
  • Lisbet Christiansen, Temporary accessibility consultant
    The temporary accessibility consultant performs accessibility evaluations in support of the UITS Accessibility Initiative.
  • 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.