Assistive Technology & Accessibility Center

The Academic Technologies & Innovation (ATI) office shares the CSU's commitment in providing equal access and the most effective learning environment for individuals with disabilities. The Assistive Technology & Accessibility Center (ATAC) provides faculty and staff with services to help ensure individuals with disabilities obtain proper access to information.

Need Help? Contact a specialist at (909) 537-5079, email,  or complete a service request form.

Adaptive Workstations:

  • CSUSB: Library Wedge PL-1109
  • Palm Desert Campus: RG-209, RG-215, HS-103

Blackboard Course Accessibility Evaluation

ATAC can check the accessibility of your Blackboard course and related documents.  A simple report is provided so that faculty can decide whether remediation, replacement, or additional accessible sources for the same material would be the easiest method to get accessible.

Self-help Resources

Blackboard 9.1 Tips, Learning Management System

  • Use online materials that meet accessibility recommendations
  • Use clear naming conventions for all files, external links, and other resources

Creating Accessible Instructional Materials

Learn best practices for authoring accessible course content including the use of tools that make accessible design easier.

Self-help Resources

Accessible Syllabi Sample

Microsoft Word Accessible Syllabus Sample (DOC)

Document Remediation

Making inaccessible documents accessible can often seem overwhelming.  ATAC can help with that burden by helping remediate your content.

Self-help Resources

Electronic Handouts

Accessibility Tutorials for Microsoft Products

Adobe - Accessibility Resource Center


Video Captioning

Submit your video content and let us take care of the captioning process.

Self-help Resources

Use captioning or open-captions on all video presentations. If you own or produce short videos there are a variety of resources that can assist in adding captions.


Captions can be added to videos recorded and uploaded using YouTube. There are two types of captioning services offered by YouTube.

  1. Prepare and upload your script along with your video. This provides the best results if instructions are followed correctly.
  2. Auto-captioning; automatically add captions to your video without requiring a script. Unfortunately, the auto-captioning service does not produce a completely accurate script.

To get you started, visit the YouTube Captioning website for more information and quick how to tutorials.


Faculty and staff on campus have free access to Camtasia. Camtasia is a screen capture and video editing software that allows you to record from your webcam or screen, engage viewers with a variety of effects, add captions and easily share your videos. Please visit the Camtasia Captioning Support website for a quick tutorial.

Braille Production

ATAC can emboss braille over your business card or create braille handouts for your events.