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Assistive Technology Labs

The Assistive Technology Labs are located in LW-116 in Lynn and DH-161 in Danvers. In the Labs, Learning Specialists provide one-on-one training to eligible students including:

  • Assessment of assistive technology needs
  • Demonstration of assistive technology
  • Training and support in the use of software and adaptive equipment
  • Reservation of lab time for testing and class assignments

 

Assistive Lab Hours

Contact Disability Services for hours of operation during the Fall and Spring semesters. Call ext. 4501 in Danvers and ext. 2134 in Lynn.

What is Assistive Technology?

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). Assistive technology includes computer hardware, software, and other devices that allow people with disabilities to access computers, the internet, and other information resources. There are many ways in which assistive technology can be useful:

  • People with reduced hand dexterity can use a keyboard with large keys or speech-recognition software to operate a computer via voice commands.
  • People who are blind can use a screen reader, which allows audio access to the screen content of frequently used workplace and classroom applications.
  • People with dyslexia can use speech-to-text software to write papers and a text-to-speech feature with learning tools to aid in reading comprehension.

Assistive Technology Online Resources

Microsoft Accessibility
Apple Accessibility
Assistive Technology Training Project (ATTO)
EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information)
LD OnLine
Web Accessibility Initiative

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