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Accessible Technology Labs

The Accessible Technology (AT) Labs are adaptive computer labs geared toward providing equal access to electronic information for students, faculty, and staff with documented disabilities.

To explore options and solutions for your specific needs, or to receive training on AT Lab resources, please schedule an appointment with the Office of Disability Services by calling (540) 568-6705.

Locations

Rose Library Accessible Technology Lab (Room 1204)

Carrier Library Accessible Technology Lab (Room 119)

Hours of Operation

The labs are available any time the libraries are open for operation.

Student Use of the ATLab
  1. After getting started with ODS, your JAC card will be activated to allow you access to the AT Labs.
  2. AT Labs are not designed for group work. If you need Accessible Technology for a group project, please contact ODS to make arrangements.
  3. Please keep noise to a minimum. The labs are small.
  4. Some of the computers have specialized software installed that is specific to those with visual impairments, mobility challenges, and/or learning disabilities. Please be considerate of others needing to use computers.
  5. Please remove your belongings and trash when you leave.

Please note: Abuse or disregard of the above conditions may result in loss of access to the lab.

Faculty & Staff Use of the ATLab

Faculty and staff with an interest in using the Accessible Technology Labs should contact the Office of Disability Services. Depending upon the need, access or other resources may be provided.

Resources in each Accessible Technology Lab:
Hardware
  • 2 Dell PCs
  • 1 Apple iMac
  • 1 flatbed Scanner
Adaptive Equipment
  • Low-vision magnifier
  • Height adjustable computer tables 
  • Ergonomic chairs
Specialized Software on PCs:

Screen Reader Software

JAWS for Windows – Designed for blind or visually impaired users, JAWS will read aloud whatever text is visible on the computer screen. You can view the JAWS Tutorial here.

Low Vision Software

Zoomtext – Magnification software that can enlarge everything on the computer screen. Zoomtext works in all applications. You can view the ZoomText Tutorial here.

Text-to-Speech and Learning Software

Kurzweil – Reading, writing, and learning software. Kurzweil is helpful for students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, attention deficit disorder (ADD), and other reading and learning disabilities as well as those who are blind or vision impaired. You can view the Kurzweil Tutorial here.

Voice Recognition

Dragon NaturallySpeaking – Users can dictate materials and operate their computer hands-free. Dragon is helpful for students with mobility challenges and some learning disabilities. You can view the Dragon Tutorial here.

In addition to specialized assistive technology, many accessibility tools come standard with Apple and Windows operating systems. Contact the Office of Disability Services for more information.

Apple Accessibility Tools

The iMac in the AT Lab has a wide screen for easier viewing. In addition, all Apple products include numerous built-in accessibility features:

  • VoiceOver – screenreader
  • Zoom – magnifier
  • Dictation – dictate text in any Apple application
  • Speakable Itms – allows user to verbally control many computer functions
  • Text-to-Speech – reads text selected by user out loud

 

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