CIDI - The Full Story
Through grass roots advocacy and the support of the disability community, the Governors Council on Developmental Disabilities, and the University System of Georgia, Noel Gregg , Ph.D., Director of the Regents Center on Learning Disorders (1993-2009) and Christopher Lee, Ph.D. co-founded the Alternative Media Access Center. In July 2006, AMAC first opened its doors at the University of Georgia in Athens to serve students with print-related disabilities under the 35 Georgia Board of Regents institutions.
In 2010, AMAC transitioned its operations to the Georgia Institute of Technology. AMAC became a research and service center of Georgia Tech's College of Design in 2013. Its offices relocated to the 1900's Block Candy Company building, a converted warehouse loft in the Means Street Historic District of midtown Atlanta. As a result of a rebranding process and the expansion of services, the Alternative Media Access Center discontinued using the name and began using just the acronym AMAC. It is now known as AMAC Accessibility Solutions & Research Center.
In 2017, AMAC underwent a brand refresh and simplified its name to AMAC Accessibility and updated its logo to blue and gold. A new AMAC website will be launched in fall 2017.
Since its inception, CIDI offerings have expanded to include:
- Promoting publisher accessibility through national initiatives
- Accessible document conversion to electronic, audio or braille formats
- Specialized assistive technology software
- Accessible videos through captions and audio description
- Office management software development and deployment
- Remote real-time captioning
AMAC now operates grants, contracts, memberships and fee for services throughout the United States.