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Research and Reports

ATHEN members dedicate their time to researching and reviewing different aspects of accessibility and technology that may impact higher education institutions. Recent reports have investigated the use of assistive technologies with the various tools in Google Apps for Education.




Information Technology Accessibility in Higher Education: Research and Promising Practices

Terry Thompson
DO-IT, University of Washington

Based on research conducted in 2004, this article identified current practices in staffing, procedures, funding and policy as related to information technology accessibility. Full article is available at the Educause Research Center in PDF.

2004 Survey on Access Technology in Higher Education

Terry Thompson
DO-IT, University of Washington

This report gathers and consolidates the practices, experiences, and professional development needs of people supporting assistive technology and information technology accessibility on college campuses. The survey instrument was designed by members of Access Technologists Higher Education Network (ATHEN). Their goal was to conduct an unprecedented thorough study of how higher education entities are addressing their assistive technology and information technology accessibility needs.

The survey was based in part upon Terry Thompson's Assistive Technology in Higher Education Survey, conducted while at North Carolina State University, and upon Todd Van Wieren's survey titledManaging Assistive Technology in the Postsecondary Educational Setting: Disability Service Providers' Input and Perspectives.

Full survey results available at: