Assistive Technology Labs
Assistive technology is defined as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities" (U.S. Congress, 1998).
Examples of assistive technology used in Assistive Technology Labs
- Students with reduced hand dexterity can use a keyboard with large keys, a track ball mouse with programmable buttons for easier input of information and interaction with a computer, and Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software to operate a computer hands-free via voice commands.
- Eligible students with visual impairments can use ZoomText screen magnifier, Optelec ClearView large screen CCTV, JAWS screen reader, Perkins brailler, OpenBook scanning and reading software, and also get free access to Learning Ally collection of human-narrated audio textbooks and literature.
- Approved students with dyslexia and learning disabilities can use Kurzweil 3000 / Firefly text-to-speech support while reading, writing and test taking and also take the program home to be installed on their personal PC or Mac.
- Students in wheel chairs can adjust the desk to a desired height with a single button push on an accessible table.
- Students who are hard of hearing may borrow FM systems from the Assistive Technology Labs for the full length of a semester and for as many semesters as they need.
The Assistive Technology Labs locations
Hours of operation
Fall and Winter/Spring semesters
Monday through Friday
9:00 am to 2:00 pm
Assistive Technology Labs are closed during summer semesters.
In the Labs, Learning Specialists provide the following services to eligible students:
- Assessment of assistive technology needs
- Demonstration of assistive technology
- One-on-one training, support and troubleshooting in the use of e-texts and assistive software and equipment
- Preparation of accessible tests and class materials
- Reservation of lab time for tests and walk-in for homework assignments
- Free black-and-white and color printing.