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Mailing List

The ATHEN mailing list is an open communication forum for asking questions and exchanging ideas as it relates to assistive technology, web accessibility, alternate formats, disability, and higher education. We welcome assistive technology vendors to participate in the list community, but request no marketing or advertisements to the mailing list.


The ATHEN mailing list is hosted by the University of Washington. To join the ATHEN mailing list, visit the ATHEN-List registration page and enter your preferred e-mail address, including your first and last name in the relevant fields. We look forward to your contributions!

Commercial Use

Any postings to the ATHEN list of a commercial nature or for personal gain are not permitted. Vendors and consultants are encouraged to participate in discussions, however the list cannot to be used to advertise, promote, or sell any products or services for individuals or companies. Educational members may recommend products or services, however they cannot realize any personal gain from such recommendations.

Code of Conduct

This Code of Conduct describes some ground rules to protect the ATHEN listserv community and seeks to ensure that all users can make the most of our listserv. In addition to the rules listed below, this Code of Conduct requires that users not harass or spam other users, post inappropriate content, or engage in any disruptive conduct. We reserve the right to do so when the following terms and guidelines are violated. We ask that users be considerate of the other members of our listserv and let the ATHEN President or another member of the ATHEN Executive Council know if you believe someone is acting inappropriately.

  • The ATHEN listserv has zero tolerance for content that is threatening, abusive, defamatory, discriminative, or otherwise fails to respect the rights and dignity of others.
  • The ATHEN listserv has zero tolerance for the sharing of private communications without that person’s expressed consent.  
  • The ATHEN listserv has zero tolerance for harassment in any form. This includes asking people offline to defend their public posts to the listserv.
  • Users should seek to directly answer the queries that are posted. Direct and helpful answers to queries cultivate and preserve the support and helpfulness that the listserv has always provided to its users.
  • Users should refrain from changing the subject, questions or goals of an existing thread. This interrupts and derails the intentions of the person who started the thread. For example, if a user posts a request for data or resources pertaining to topic A, it would not be appropriate to question the validity of topic A in the same thread. If you would like to change the subject or raise a different question, please start a new thread.
  • Users should not express or imply that any statements made are endorsed by ATHEN or by another person, without their expressed consent.
  • Users should not present information that is false or misleading.

If you see any communications on the listserv which you believe violate or are inconsistent with these guidelines, please contact the ATHEN President (