AIMHub: Demo of Alt. Media Exchange System, for Campuses by Campuses


Scheduled at 11:45am in Windsor on Friday, November 17 (2017).



  • Cheryl Pruitt, Director, Accessible Technology Initiative, California University Chancellor's Office
  • Gaeir Dietrich, Director, High Tech Training Unit, High Tech Training Unit of the California Community Colleges
  • Jack Sullivan, Software Engineer, California University Chancellor's Office

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


A demonstration of the AIMHub alternate media exchange system. The AIMHub project is collaboration between the CA State University and CA Community Colleges, to develop a modern system that assists campus staff who serve students with print disabilities by allowing them to manage, exchange, and track electronic accessible materials.


AIMHub assists students with disabilities and the accessible instructional material staff that serve them, by eliminating redundant efforts, integrating the best aspects of existing systems, and delivering long desired functionality. We will be demonstrating features of the exchange system, like automatic data entry, related materials search and discussing how they can help your campus save time and money. AIMHub unifies and improves the two existing media exchange systems into one modern web application. Both the CSU (Center for Accessible Media—CAM) and CCC (Alternate Media Exchange Database—AMXDB) have web-based database applications that facilitate the exchange of converted accessible instructional media (AIM) files between campuses. Both web sites served the post-secondary campuses of California for over a decade, holding tens of thousands of titles, and collectively facilitating the exchange of thousands of instructional material files per year.


  1. Information on joining the AIMHub project will be provided
  2. Save time and money by utilizing this alt media exchange service
  3. Increase timeliness of delivery of accessible media files by using this service

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Alternate Format, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Cheryl Pruitt

Cheryl is the Director of the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) for the California State University (CSU) System. She oversees the ATI implementation across the CSU 23 campus system. Cheryl has been involved with the ATI since the beginning in 2007, first at the campus level, then at the systemwide level. Under her leadership the system has made significant progress towards implementing ATI process improvement in the areas of web accessibility, accessible procurement, and accessible instructional materials. She is currently managing several projects that are moving the initiative forward they include implementation of an ATI reporting process to measure the systemwide progress towards the ATI goals; creation of synergy projects resulting in systemwide shared services that are delivering cost savings; and a high level of cross-campus collaboration through the ATI Communities of Practice.

Gaeir Dietrich

Gaeir Dietrich is the director of the High Tech Center Training Unit (HTCTU) of the California community colleges, and the systemwide trainer for Section 508 compliance. Gaeir has served on the advisory boards for AHEAD, Bookshare, DIAGRAM Center, the Alternate Text Production Center (ATPC), and the Silicon Valley Independent Living Center (SVILC). In 2010-2011, she served as the chair for the Federal Advisory Commission on Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) in Postsecondary Education. She is a contributing author to Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act, published by NASPA.

Jack Sullivan

Jack Sullivan is a Software Engineer for the Accessible Technology Initiative (ATI) of the California State University (CSU) System, with expertise in application accessibility and security. Since 2006, he has worked at post-secondary campuses, coordinating accessible media services and developing automation tools, before joining the ATI in 2011. Jack audited and enhanced the Center for Accessible Media (CAM) exchange system, designed and developed the AIMHub system, has been a speaker at the International Technology and Persons with Disabilities Conference (CSUN), and is an organizer for the Open Capture the Flag competition at DEFCON.