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Assistive Technology Lab Now Open in the DMZ

The Assistive Technology Lab has moved to a new location, room 1015C in the DMZ on the Library’s first floor. The specialized software and hardware in this lab is intended for use by students with visual, hearing, and learning disabilities.

Formerly located in the Reference Office, the Library’s assistive technology equipment has been relocated to Lab 1015C within the Digital Media Zone (DMZ) on the first floor of the Library. This lab includes two PCs with accessibility software (such as Kurzeil, Jaws, Dragon, an Read & Write), a large-print keyboard, a CCTV, and a braille printer. The equipment housed in the Assistive Technology Lab is available whenever the Library is open— no reservations, keys, or check-ins are required!

Students with disabilities have priority to use the assistive technology equipment & software.

Room 1015C is open to everyone and also has a projector and “instructor PC”; however, the specialized computers and assistive equipment are intended to be used by the people who need them most. The assistive technology is not for public/general use or for use by classes. For general computing or printing, please use one of the Library’s public computer labs (such as the computers in the open area of the DMZ or the Reference Commons).  For small group work or classes, we recommend rooms 1015A or 1015B right next door.

The decision to move this equipment was made to improve the safety and security of the Reference Office and, more importantly, to decrease barriers for students. The new location is easier to access and does not require mediation from a librarian.

For training on how to use the assistive technology software/equipment housed at the Library, please contact Scott Meshnick in the Office of Disability Resources. For troubleshooting help from the Library’s CTS outpost, visit the Tech Assistance Office (TAO) (room LIB1002B) from 12pm to 4pm, Monday through Friday. If the TAO is unstaffed, use the CTS Video Chat Support service.

See the Assistive Technology webpage for more information.