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:
- Six 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.
- 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.
- Various 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.
One 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 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:
- Audio books.
- Other formats for personal devices.
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.