Accessibility Lab

Accessibility Services Lab slideshow

The Accessibility Lab (located in Student Center 133G) offers assistive technology to students with registered disabilities. It is equipped with various types of adaptive hardware and software:

Hardware

  • TrackballSix Windows 7 PC stations with adjustable desks and chairs.
  • Large print, one-handed, ergonomic and on-screen computer keyboards.
  • Trackball mouse for easy screen navigation and selection.
  • CCTV – magnifies printouts or pages from a book.
  • Special printer to produce Braille materials.
  • Scanners for creating e-texts of books and other materials.
  • Tactile graphics printer to create raised graphic materials.

Software

  • Screen magnifying software.
  • Screen readers – read text on the screen, navigate a screen using a computer keyboard instead of a computer mouse and echo what is typed on the screen.
  • Speech-to-text translation program.
  • Audio book generation.

Devices

  • Braille Math TilesVarious types of calculators.
  • Livescribe pens – records and links the audio (lecture) to notes taken on special paper. Pens are loaned out per semester on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Braille math tiles.
  • FM assistive listening devices.

Kurzweil 3000

student using KurzweilOne screen/text reading software package used is Kurzweil 3000. Some of the features include:

  • Highlights each word and sentence as it reads. Students can scan handouts and other material right into Kurzweil for instant reading.
  • Text can be magnified.
  • Selected words can be spelled and pronounced.
  • Selected text can be translated to other languages.
  • Reading rate can be slower or faster.
  • Word prediction – shows lists of words to select based on the first letter(s) that are typed.
  • Brainstorming ideas can be entered graphically and translated into an outline.
  • Letters, words or sentences can be echoed while typing.   

Windows 7

Windows 7 operating system contains accessibility features:

  • On-screen keyboard.
  • Special programming of certain keys which facilitates data entry.
  • Adjust settings for the mouse.
  • Screen magnification.
  • Visual display options.

Alternate Format Books

Alternate Format Books can be generated to be used with a screen reader or magnifier:

  • E-books.
  • Audio books.
  • Other formats for personal devices.
  • Braille.

Along with being a resource and training center for assistive technology, the lab is used for out-of-class testing. For more information, see the Accessibility Services home page.

Contact Info

Keith Kolander
Adaptive Technology Specialist
636-922-8492

Hours and Location:

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

9 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Wednesday

Accessibility Services
Student Center, 133G
4601 Mid Rivers Mall Drive
Cottleville, MO 63376

Email:
kkolander@stchas.edu