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ATAC members at the SUCCEEDS meeting

Dow Hammond, Janet Jendron, Danny Bish, Bradley Crain, Tina Vires, and Aisha Haynes at the 2015 SUCCEEDS meeting.

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The South Carolina Assistive Technology Advisory Committee (ATAC) began in 2006 as a technology architecture committee of the State Budget and Control Board, Division of State Information Technology (DSIT). Since that time, ATAC has evolved into a group of people from state agencies and other organizations, comprised of people with a passion or curiosity about web and information technology accessibility and usability. We meet monthly and discuss the latest issues surrounding accessibility. We collaborate to provide trainings, provide technical assistance for web and IT accessibility, and make a difference for all South Carolinians who experience challenges in this area. At each meeting we have an informational presentation by one of our members.

Read an article about ATAC and the Web Testers in the AT Program News.

The ATAC Strategic Plan outlines our goals and strategies.

We're delighted to welcome 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 chair-elect of the SC AHEAD affiliate, SUCCEEDS.

ATAC Committees:
Please contact a committee chair if you are interested in being a part of the group, or contact Clayton Copeland, Tina Vires, or contact Janet Jendron.

Training/Education Committee
Co-Chairs: Susan Quinn, David Dawson
Tina Vires, Janet Jendron, Cindy Coker, Kate Simmons, Matt Polkowsky, Carol Page , CB Averitt, Aisha Haynes, Clayton Copeland, Mike Leonard, Val Gioia

Web Site Committee
Chair: Natalie Denning, Janet Jendron
Janet Jendron, Kimberly Byrd, Will McCain, CB Averitt, Dow Hammond, David Bundy, Natalie Denning, David Dawson, Mike Leonard

ATAC Sustainability Committee - Strategic Plan
Co-Chairs: Clayton Copeland, Tina Vires, Janet Jendron
Natalie Denning, Kate Simmons

Web Testers Future Committee
Chair: Robin Wheeler
Nathalie Denning, Clayton Copeland, Tina Vires, Janet Jendron, Sharon Bellwood, Matt Polkowsky, David Dawson

Get Involved!

  • ATAC meets regularly; 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.

SC State Agencies who are active ATAC members:

  • SC Assistive Technology Program
  • USC School of Medicine, Center for Disability Resources
  • SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department
  • SC Lieutenant Governor's Office on Aging
  • SC Commission for the Blind
  • SC School for the Deaf and the Blind
  • University of South Carolina
  • Midlands Technical College
  • SC ETV
  • Limestone College
  • Winthrop University
  • SC Bar Association
  • SC Access to Justice
  • Able South Carolina
  • SC Charter Schools
  • SC State Library - Talking Book Services