ICT Accessibility

To ensure equivalent access to Mason’s information and communications technology (ICT) resources for members of of the university community and visitors, Mason offers the following services/resources:

ICT Accessibility Strategic Plan

To access Mason’s strategic plan regarding ICT Accessibility, View the ATI Strategic Plan.

Requesting ICT Accessibility Support

To request ICT accessibility support, please review the following resources:

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Accessibility Standards include guidelines to ensure that all electronic information, resources and services provided by Mason are accessible to people with disabilities.  This includes, websites, online learning systems, software and hardware applications, telecommunications, desktop and portable computers.

The following information provides guidance on how to create an accessible components for web and software applications  accordance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act and Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1:

ICT Accessibility Standards for Websites and Web-based content

Roles and Responsibilities

Request website/software application accessibility review

Please Note: Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Priority is given to requests that relate to a disability accommodation.

Sign language interpreters, cued language transliteration, and live captioning support services for any Mason classrooms or events are coordinated through the Deaf and Harding of Hearing Services Coordinator in Disability Services.

To request services for deaf, hard of hearing, and deafblind students, employees, and visitors (e.g., live captioning, interpreters, etc.), use the link(s) below:

Request services for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, and Deafblind Individuals

Please Note: Requests related to a disability accommodation are assessed on a case-by-case basis. Costs associated with approved accommodation requests are covered by Disability Services (students) or the ADA Coordinator (employees). Any requests not associated with approved accommodation requests will be billed to the requesting unit.

Any Mason faculty or staff member (e.g., instructional designers, web content authors/developers, etc.) involved in the development, creation, and/or publishing of audio or video content that will be used for instructional purposes and/or hosted on front-facing websites may have that content captioned, transcribed, and/or audio-described free of charge.

To submit a request, use the link(s) below:

Request captions and/or transcripts for my video or audio content

Email the ATI directly for questions or additional information. You may also reach the main office by phone, 703-993-4329.

Please Note: The primary target audience for these resources must be members of the Mason community. ATI staff can assist with resources not targeted toward the Mason community but the requesting unit will be billed for services.

ATI supports faculty and staff with creating and providing accessible documents for instructional materials and front-facing web resources.  Partnering with the Disability Services, the Stearns Center, University Libraries, and Creative Services, digital course documents may be sent to ATI staff for an accessibility review and remediation.  Formats produced include: WordPowerPoint, and PDF.

Requests may be submitted using one of the following methods below:

Blackboard Ally for Instructors

Request document remediation support

Please Note: Requests are reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Priority is given to requests that relate to a disability accommodation.

To report issues related to ICT accessibility (i.e., websites, instructional resources, digital publications, etc.) or physical access (i.e., entryways, paths of travel, classroom access, etc.) , please submit a request using the form below:

Report an ICT or Physical Accessibility Barrier

Additional Resources

For additional information on ICT accessibility, visit the Assistive Technology Initiative.