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The Assistive Technology Lab (ATL), located in Room 102 of Carrier Library, is an adaptive lab geared toward providing equal access to electronic information for faculty, staff, and students with documented disabilities.

Hours of Operation
The lab is available for use anytime the library is open for operation.

Student Use of the ATLab
Students desiring access to the ATLab must be registered with the Office of Disability Services and have an ATLab Access Card issued to them. This card is required for entrance into the lab and should be presented with your JACard to the Carrier Library Circulation Desk to receive a key for the lab.

Faculty and Staff Use of the ATLab
Faculty and staff desiring to use the ATLab should have documentation of their disability on file with Affirmative Action (Faculty) or Human Resources (Staff). Please contact the Office of Disability Services to receive an ATLab Access Card. This card is required for entrance into the lab and should be presented with your JACard to the Carrier Library Circulation Desk to receive a key for the lab.

Technology and Adaptive Equipment in the ATL

Hardware

  • 2 Dell Optiplex GX1 computers
  • 1 Power Mac G3
  • 1 HP Scanner
  • 1 HP Laser Printer

Screen Reader Software

  • Jaws for Windows 3.7 - Jaws utilizes an internal software speech synthesizer and a computer's sound card to read aloud information displayed on the computer screen thus enabling equal access electronic information

Low Vision Software

  • Zoomtext Xtra - Level 2 - Version 7.0 - ZoomText Xtra is a screen magnification and screen reader software programs designed specifically for the low-vision computer user. ZoomText Xtra includes DocReader", a tool for reading text from any Windows application. DocReader automatically reads through complete documents, including web pages and email.

Scanning and Reading Software

  • Arkenstone Open Book - OPENBook reads, edits and manages scanned images from books, magazines, manuals, mail and other printed documents. OPENBook turns a computer system into a scanning and reading machine, offering blind and vision-impaired individuals access to printed materials.
  • WYNN Wizard and Reader - WYNN (What You Need Now) is a PC-based software package that helps you read, write, study, and comprehend effectively.

Adaptive Equipment

  • Low-vision magnifier
  • Height adjustable computer tables and arm supports
  • Ergonomic chairs

ATLab Orientation and Training
To set up an appointment to discuss your individual technology access needs and training on the software, please contact the Office of Disability Services at: (540) 568-6705.

Please visit JMU Computing Support and Lab Services for information regarding the general labs on campus.