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ATI In the News

2010-2012 Articles and Press Releases

ATI activities have received national attention from the press, disability organizations, and IT vendors. The articles provided below are a snapshot of recent activity in major, mainstream press outlets.

Discussion of ATI methods, priorities and activities

Positive reviews and comments by external organizations

  • Blind Florida State U. Students Sue Over E-Learning Systems

    "We’re trying to get this on the radar of colleges and universities," Mr. Goldstein said. "It’s a race because all of this technology is multiplying at a tremendous pace." He recommended that universities evaluate applications prior to campus-wide implementation, as California State University did in its Accessible Technology Initiative. Chronicle, June 29, 2011

  • Best and Worst College Web Sites for Blind Students Chronicle, December 2010
  • Achieving the Promise of the Americans with Disabilities Act in the Digital Age: Current Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities

    "California State University succeeded in moving one of the leading course-management software systems, BlackBoard Learn, toward accessibility. In the late 1990s the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights launched an investigation into California State University campuses’ compliance with, among other statutes, Title II of the ADA. In response the Cal State system revamped its approach to providing access to students with disabilities and has become a leader and model for educational institutions to follow. Specifically, rather than delegating accessibility obligations to an isolated disability student services office, as most universities do, Cal State established a system-wide, coordinated approach to accessibility. Under this approach accessibility experts work closely with the university’s information officers to ensure that the technology the university employs is accessible. Through this arrangement Cal State requires that new technologies it procures be accessible to its students. When Cal State put out a request for proposals for new course-management software, it turned down BlackBoard—the leading purveyor of course-management software—because it did not meet Cal State’s accessibility requirements. Since that time BlackBoard has issued two new releases of its software that greatly enhance its accessibility." Braille Monitor, July 2010

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