Accessible Information, Materials and Technology Program
What is AIMT?
The AIMT was developed to ensure that information, materials, and technology resources are accessible to all students, faculty, and staff at UTC. "Accessible" means: information, materials, and technologies are available to an individual with a disability in an equally effective and equally integrated manner, with substantially equivalent ease of use.
- Jennifer Glaab
- Michelle Rigler
Ally for Accessibility in UTC Learn
UTC continues to work diligently to find ways to make information and services more accessible to everyone to support our persistent effort to become a more inclusive campus. As part of that effort we have begun using Ally as part of UTC Learn. Ally is an accessibility tool that unobtrusively runs in the background of UTC Learn to scan uploaded documents for potential accessibility issues. Ally will indicate the level of accessibility for a particular document for users with instructor access. Those users can then use Ally to determine what specific issues are causing the document to be less accessible and receive guidance on how to improve the document’s accessibility.
In addition to being able to identify accessibility issues and provide guidance on solutions, Ally is able to generate accessible versions of the uploaded documents in a variety of formats including tagged PDF, semantic HTML, ePub, and mp3. Students are also able to generate accessible versions of the document in real time.
We are excited to implement a tool that will help move UTC forward towards our goal of creating a vibrant, inclusive campus that is accessible to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors. For more information about Ally contact the Walker Center for Teaching and Learning or review the Ally tutorial.
- Philip Voorhees - Accessibility or Accommodation
- Video: Choosing Accessible Textbooks
- ATI Announcement
Professional Development Opportunities
Think About It
A deaf presenter at a conference gave his presentation in sign language (ASL) with an ASL interpreter. Stating that his problem was not deafness, but accessibility, he added:
Who has the problem now?
“I’m up here, signing through my talk, and you are hearing the interpreter. What if I signed and there was no interpreter?
Who has the problem now?”