Building a sustainable document remediation plan: Hits and misses from GMU’s 1-year pilot


Presented at 2:15pm in Cotton Creek I on Thursday, November 15, 2018.



  • Korey Singleton, ATI Manager, George Mason University
  • Robert Starr, Program Support/Assistive Technology Specialist, George Mason University

Session Details

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


This session will highlight the GMU Assistive Technology Initiative's efforts to build a sustainable document accessibility strategy. We will cover the successes and failures of our 1-year pilot, strategies for document remediation, and outreach initiatives.


Over the past few years, GMU has made significant strides toward creating a more accessible and inclusive campus environment. The accessibility of electronic documents used in the classroom (i.e., PPT, PDF, Word), however, remains a significant area of concern. In partnership with our disability services and distance education professionals, we piloted a strategy for assisting faculty members with their document remediation efforts. The results have enabled us to shift our approach in this area from one that is reactive to one that is proactive. In this session, we will highlight the successes and failures of this 1-year pilot, our partnership with Disability Services and the Office of Distance Education, our document remediation strategy, and next steps.


  1. Collaborative strategies for addressing document remediation on your campus.
  2. Alternative tools to assist with document remediation.
  3. Strategies for promoting faculty adoption/creation of accessible documents.

Disability Areas

All Areas

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Alternate Format, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Korey Singleton

Korey Singleton earned his Master's in Assistive/Special Education Technology at George Mason University in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Education (concentration: Learning Technologies Design Research), with a focus on integrating UDL into the online course development process in 2017. He has worked for over 14 years as the Assistive Technology Initiative (ATI) Manager for George Mason University (GMU). The ATI operates under GMU’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and is tasked with guiding and implementing a university-wide strategy for addressing the information and communications technology accessibility needs of students, staff, faculty, and visitors with disabilities. For over 25 years, he has advocated for technology accessibility and the use of assistive technology by individuals with disabilities at home, at work, and in the classroom.

Robert Starr

Provided at a later date...