[Athen] Discription of ATHEN & Benefits

Berkowitz, Daniel J djbrky at bu.edu
Wed May 30 16:44:51 PDT 2007

That does it --- I nominate E.A. to be the ATHEN Archivists!

Daniel Berkowitz - Assistant Director
Boston University Office of Disability Services
19 Deerfield Street, 2nd floor
Boston, MA 02215

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From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org on behalf of E.A. Draffan
Sent: Wed 5/30/2007 3:14 PM
To: 'Access Technologists in Higher Education Network'
Subject: Re: [Athen] Discription of ATHEN & Benefits

I have just found my 2002 CSUN report and there just happens to be a
paragraph that says "During the conference several organisations held
meetings and one on-line list formed a new group called ATHEN - Assistive
Technology Higher Education Network specifically for those working in
post-secondary institutions. The President is Ron Stewart who runs the
Technology Access Program at Oregon State University (http://tap.orst.edu/).
To join the list, send a message to listserv at mail.orst.edu with the
following line in the body: sub adtech-ps firstname lastname."

"We met at nine. We met at eight.
I was on time. No, you were late.
Ah yes! I remember it well." (Gigi)

Best Wishes E.A.

Mrs E.A. Draffan
Learning Societies Lab
ECS, University of Southampton

-----Original Message-----
From: athen-bounces at athenpro.org [mailto:athen-bounces at athenpro.org] On
Behalf Of Robert Beach
Sent: Wednesday, May 30, 2007 7:40 PM
To: athen at athenpro.org
Subject: Re: [Athen] Discription of ATHEN & Benefits

Hi Howard,

I believe ATHEN was around before 2003. I have a copy of a membership forma
that is dated August of 2002. ATHEN was around before membership forms were

Robert Lee Beach
Assistive Technology Specialist
Kansas City Kansas Community College
7250 State Avenue
Kansas City, KS 66112
Phone: (913) 288-7671
Fax: (913) 288-7678
E-mail: rbeach at kckcc.edu

>>> Howard.Kramer at Colorado.EDU 5/30/2007 1:27 PM >>>

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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