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.

  • Eligible students with visual impairments can use a screen magnifier, Optelec ClearView large screen CCTV, JAWS screen reader or other reading software. A student can also get free access to Learning Ally collection of human-narrated audio textbooks and literature by working with Learning Ally.

  • 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 who use wheelchairs 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.

Assistive Technology Lab locations

Lynn: LW-116
Danvers: DB-212

Hours of operation

Fall and Winter/Spring semesters

Monday through Friday 9:00 am to 2:00 pm


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.

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