Assistive Technology Lab
Our Assistive Technology/Testing Lab (ATLab) is available to students who are enrolled in the Disability Services program. The lab is equipped with such specialized software as JAWS, ZoomText (enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen, making everything easier to see for people with low vision) and Inspiration (A software tool designed to develop ideas and organize thinking), and Kurzweil. Kurzweil is the most popular text to speech software and provides reading and writing solutions for people with disabilities.
Accommodations provided in the ATLab include:
- Testing with accommodations-low distracting environment or extended time.
- Testing with accommodations requiring the use of adaptive technology such as Kurzweil.
Additional accommodations available in disability access support rooms include:
- The production of course-related materials in alternative formats (audio, large print,).
- Access to textbooks in alternative format and training to access books in alternative format.
- Training in the use of adaptive technology.
- Access to additional software such as Dragon Naturally Speaking.
What technology is available for my disability type?
- Attention Deficit: You may want to try using ReadPlease or Kurzweil to assist with textbook reading. It allows the user to see and hear the words simultaneously.
- Blind: JAWS is a critical tool for the student who is blind. JAWS provides access to the internet and many other computer applications like Word and Excel.
- Learning Disability: The Kurzweil program is designed to assist students with learning disabilities in reading and writing. It uses color, voice, and formatting techniques to improve reading comprehension and built-in dictionary and word prediction features to assist with writing.
- Low Vision: Try out both ZoomText or Kurzweil for your screen magnification needs. If enlarging the computer screen is not effective, use the screen reader JAWS.
Lab Hours and Procedures
ATLab hours are Monday-Thursday 7:15 am-5:30 pm, and Fridays 7:15 am-4:45 pm. To access assistive software in the ATLab, students must be trained by the ATLab staff. If students wish to use ATLab printers to print more than 10 pages at one time:
- the project must be for a verified academic class
- the printing project must not be for duplicating purposes
- the student must provide his/her own paper
Need help or additional information?
If you need assistance or more information, please contact:
Mary Balaski, Director of Disability Services
Phone: (402) 844-7343
Toll-Free: (800) 348-9033, Ext. 7343
Fax: (402) 844-7412
Office: CWC 1263
Craig Garrett, Assoc. VP of Human Resources
Section 504/ ADA / Title IX
Phone: (402) 844-7046
Toll-Free: (800) 348-9033, Ext. 7046
Fax: (402) 844-7412
Office: MAC 110