AccessATE supports the work of the NSF-funded Advanced Technological Education (ATE) projects and centers in making the materials and activities they develop more accessible for all students and faculty, including those with disabilities. The project aims to increase awareness and understanding of accessibility requirements and provide guidance, tools, and support that offers solutions and helps achieve compliance with accessibility standards.
The project is led by the Internet Scout Research Group (home to ATE Central), in collaboration with the Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST), the National Center for Accessible Media (NCAM), DeafTEC, the Technological Education Center for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing Students, and Human Engineering Research Laboratories (HERL). Other partners include the American Association of Community Colleges, EvaluATE, NISOD, HI-TEC, Luka Partners, and Pellet Media.
Accessibility Tool Directory – This will be an annotated online catalog of practical resources and tools that projects and centers can use to help ensure their deliverables work for all audiences and are compliant with accessibility standards.
Hands-On Accessibility Sessions – Held at the annual ATE Principal Investigators Conference and other appropriate events, these sessions will give ATE project and center PIs and staff the opportunity to hear from (and ask questions of) accessibility experts and try accessibility tools.
Accessibility Webinars – These online events will provide advice from project partners and community and outside experts to help grantees tackle accessibility issues, understand legal requirements, and connect with others to find solutions.
UDL Case Studies – ATE grantees and others will work with AccessATE partner CAST to create accessible curriculum with hands-on assistance. Follow-up case studies will extend the impact of this work to a wider STEM education audience.
Accessibility Checklists – These checklists will provide ATE project and center PIs and staff with straightforward lists of points to consider and tasks to perform in assessing their existing activities, curriculum, websites, and other deliverables.