[Athen] Discription of ATHEN & Benefits

Howard Kramer Howard.Kramer at Colorado.EDU
Wed May 30 11:27:45 PDT 2007

Ron, et al,

Let me know if you have any objections or suggestions regarding the
following comments about ATHEN:

Most universities and colleges face the same, or at least similar, issues
regarding access and accommodations to information resources and technology
for students with disabilities. However, because of the specialization of
Assistive Technology and access issues, many campuses spend significant time
reinventing the wheel or floundering around for solutions from a variety of

Because of the lack of availability of intra-campus networking on access and
AT issues, a group of campus access specialists formed ATHEN (Access
Technologists in Higher Education Network), a network of access
professionals from across the country (some members are located in Canada &
Great Britain). Since its founding in 2003, ATHEN has shared information and
worked on developing resources for best practices through a variety of
strategies: personal networking via a listserv; periodic meetings at
national conferences; participation and sponsorship of an annual AT
conference; development of a Web page and journal; networking &
collaborative projects with other organizations such as ATIA and Educause.

As a result, ATHEN members have been able to more effectively share and
disseminate best practices and approaches related to access in the
post-secondary setting. ATHEN has also been successful in working with
organizations to address issues related to campus access, such as standards
for e-text production, accessibility of campus-wide information products,

Other post-secondary institutions can benefit from learning about some of
the resources available through ATHEN and other networks and electronic
resources by attending this session and/or participating in the ATHEN

Howard Kramer
Assistive Technology Lab Coordinator
AT Conference Coordinator
Disability Services
CU-Boulder, 107 UCB
Boulder, Co 80309

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