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Assistive Technology at the ATAC

The Assistive Technology and Accessibility Centers serve students, faculty, and staff with disabilities, specializing in tools to assist with reading, writing, studying, and information access. Whether you have one or a combination of disabilities, we are here to help you.

This page presents a comprehensive list of all the software and hardware at the ATAC. Click on any item for more details, including an overview, assistive materials, and company information.

You can also learn more about the technologies we offer by visiting pages specific to vision, hearing, learning, or mobility disabilities.

Technology for Vision Impairments: Software

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JAWS for Windows

JAWS is a comprehensive screen reading program that helps low vision or blind users complete tasks such as browsing the web, sending and reading e-mail, utilizing spreadsheets, and accessing databases...

 

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Kurzweil 1000

Kurzweil 1000 is scanning/reading software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to blind and low vision people. The application turns text into synthesized speech and does much more...

 

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Studio Recorder

Studio Recorder makes it possible to record, edit, and produce spoken word audio documents in an efficient manner. It also includes features that aid in the production of Digital Talking Books...

 

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ZoomText

ZoomText is a program that magnifies the computer screen for visually impaired users. This program also has the ability to speak to the user as he/she works...

 

Technology for Vision Impairments: Hardware

 

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Braille Devices

The ATAC offers a variety of Braille Hardware including printers, embossers, readers, portable displays, and note-taking devices...

 

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Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs)

Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) are available at the ATAC for video magnification of print and other materials. Users can place a book, image, or text underneath a camera or lens and the magnified image is rendered on a video screen.

 

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Headsets

The ATAC provides a variety of headsets. Headphones provide privacy, which helps students concentrate on audio text, while the attached microphone allows for hands-free use of voice recognition software...

 

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Laptop Computers

Qualifying students can check out laptops equipped with adaptive software from the ATAC throughout the school year. The ATAC uses the Dell Latitude D600 with the Windows XP Professional operating system...

 

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Large Monitors

20 inch monitors are standard in the ATAC, providing more room for enlarged text and graphics if needed.

 

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Magnabrite Magnifier

The Magnabrite is a solid acrylic 4x light-gathering magnifier. It intensifies the light that passes through it, making the magnified subject clearer and nearly four times brighter.

 

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Scanners

Flat-bed scanners are available for student use in the ATAC. In addition the ATAC staff uses high speed scanners and optical character recognition (OCR) software to convert print materials in to electronic text which can be read by the computer...

 

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Tactile Image Enhancer

A Tactile Image Enhancer creates an upraised impression of an image on specially made paper, allowing people with visual difficulties to feel the contours of the image...

 

Technology for Learning Disabilities: Software


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Co:Writer 4000

Co:Writer 4000 is a type-and-speak writing assistant with intelligent word prediction, designed to help users write complete and correct sentences with very few keystrokes. It is usually used in combination with another application, such as a story-writing program or a word processor...

 

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Inspiration

Inspiration assists users in organizing their thoughts and ideas through graphic representation for outlining and studying purposes...

 

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Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000 is a program that enables conversion of print to electronic text which can be read to the user. The program also offers a variety of study skills tools to make learning easy...

 

Technology for Learning Disabilities: Hardware

 

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Headsets

The ATAC provides a variety of headsets. Headphones provide privacy, which helps students concentrate on audio text, while the attached microphone allows for hands-free use of voice recognition software...

 

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Laptop Computers

Qualifying students can check out laptops equipped with adaptive software from the ATAC throughout the school year. The ATAC uses the Dell Latitude D600 with the Windows XP Professional operating system...

 

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NEC Versa LitePad Tablet

The NEC Versa LitePad Tablet computer is a lightweight laptop computer that electronically captures handwritten notes. The tablet supports handwriting recognition, allowing the user to write directly on the screen (with a non-ink digital pen) while the tablet translates the handwriting into keyboard-style text...

 

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Scanners

Flat-bed scanners are available for student use in the ATAC. In addition the ATAC staff uses high speed scanners and optical character recognition (OCR) software to convert print materials in to electronic text which can be read by the computer...

 

Technology for Mobility Impairments: Software

 

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Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a voice recognition program that makes it possible to write text and to control most application and workstation functions with your voice...

 

Technology for Mobility Impairments: Hardware

 

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Adjustable Height Tables and Chairs

Standard height tables and chairs can cause strain, repetitive stress injuries, and even prevent some students from using campus resources. The ATAC is equipped with manual adjustable height chairs and motor controlled adjustable height tables to make the use of our services easier...

 

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Laptop Computers

Qualifying students can check out laptops equipped with adaptive software from the ATAC throughout the school year. The ATAC uses the Dell Latitude D600 with the Windows XP Professional operating system...

 

NEC Versa LitePad Tablet Computer

NEC Versa LitePad Tablet

The NEC Versa LitePad Tablet computer is a lightweight laptop computer that electronically captures handwritten notes. The tablet supports handwriting recognition, allowing the user to write directly on the screen (with a non-ink digital pen) while the tablet translates the handwriting into keyboard-style text...

 

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Special Mice and Pointing Devices

Several models of mice and other pointing devices are available at the ATAC to help with mobility impairments.

 

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Special Keyboards

The ATAC has multiple types of ergonomic and special keyboards that make typing easier and more comfortable. These include keyboards that have both split and tenting features and angled keys to prevent neck, shoulder, and wrist injury.