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The South Carolina Assistive Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC) has its origins in a 2000 Budget Proviso, PSC: Technology Access for the Functionally Impaired) as a result of a request to state legislators from the SC Federation for the Blind who needed assistance in getting the Employment Security Commission to provide accessible computers for people who are blind. It was approved in the 2000 Appropriations Bill.

Since that time, ATAC has evolved into a network of state agencies and many others with a commitment to accessibility of information technology in South Carolina. We meet monthly (in person and online). Our mission is to provide statewide leadership in providing education, developing accessible resources, and sustaining initiatives related to electronic and information technology accessibility for South Carolinians. We are a unique group of people with a shared passion for improving information access for all South Carolinians.

ATAC Goals:

  • Provide leadership in offering education, training and networking opportunities for agencies, education institutions, consumers, and other public/private entities
  • Communicate information about ATAC and other activities/resources via the website, listerv and social media, in accessible format
  • Develop and implement a plan for sustaining ATAC's Web Testers Program
  • Ensure sustainability of ATAC and its programs

For more information about our goals and mission, take a look at our strategic plan.

Get Involved!

ATAC meets regularly, and meetings are open to the public. Please contact us if you would like to become an ATAC member.

Join the South Carolina Web and Information Technology Network. This listserv focuses on web and information technology accessibility resources. People can ask questions from other network members and get suggested resources and tools. Not just for Web designers, this listserv addresses ways to make all electronic documents accessible and usable (e.g., Word and PDF documents). Mail the Web/IT Accessibility Network and specify that you want to join the Web Accessibility Network.

Upcoming Meetings

  • Thursday, February 11, 2016
  • Thursday, March 10, 2016
  • Thursday, April 14, 2016
  • Thursday May 12, 2016
  • Thursday, June 9, 2016

Located at the SC Bar. Directions via Google.

We're delighted to welcome our new ATAC Co-Chairs!

Clayton Copeland

Clayton Copeland

Dr. Clayton A. Copeland is on faculty with the University of South Carolina's School of Library and Information Science. Her research focuses upon equity of access to information for underserved populations, including populations with differing abilities, and literacy. She teaches courses in the Foundations of Library and Information Science, Information Technology, Information Literacy, Information Resources, and Planning Library Facilities. Helping others learn how to incorporate accessibility, Universal Design, and Universal Access into their work and daily life is a personal and professional passion for Clayton. She also relishes opportunities to learn from others as we strive to create accessible environments.

Tina Vires

Tina Vires

Tina Vires is the Program Director for the Office of Disability Services at Winthrop University, after ten years in a similar department at Limestone College. She is an active advocate for equal access for all, a strong proponent for employment of individuals with disabilities, devoted to strengthening partnerships with Vocational Rehabilitation and other community groups. For several years, she has led presentations at the national Post-Secondary Disability Services Training Institute, to increase awareness of the abilities of the entire diversified force known as humanity. She also serves on the York County Transition Advisory Council and is the Chair of the SC AHEAD affiliate, SUCCEEDS.