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.


Student Success Center Accessible Technology Lab - (Office of Disability Services, Suite 1202)

Rose Library Accessible Technology Lab (Room 1204)

Carrier Library Accessible Technology Lab (Room 119)

Hours of Operation

Access to the labs has changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic:

The AT lab located in the ODS office in the SSC is closed to general use.

The Carrier & Rose AT labs are available during the libraries' regular hours of operation. However, lab access is limited. Only two people may use the labs at the same time. Since these are small, interior rooms with limited air circulation, we discourage working with another person in the space for longer than 15 minutes. 

Please support your fellow Dukes and give priority to students who need to use the assistive software on the computers.

Contact the Accessible Media team in Disability Services with any questions.

Student Use of the AT Labs

  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 AT Labs

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

Adaptive Equipment in each Lab
  • Low-vision desktop magnifier
  • Height adjustable computer tables 
  • Ergonomic chairs
  • Flatbed scanner

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.  JAWS tutorial.

Low Vision Software

MAGic – Screen magnification software that can enlarge everything on the computer screen. MAGic works in all applications. MAGic overview.

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. View the Kurzweil tutorials.

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. Please contact ODS at 540-568-6705 if you need access to Dragon on a frequent or long-term basis.  Some features may not be available in the labs.  View the Dragon resources.

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

iMacs in the AT Labs have wide screens 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
  • Speech – reads text selected by user out loud
  • and more


In the Carrier & Rose ATLabs:

  • 2 Dell PCs
  • 1 Apple iMac

In the Student Success Center Lab:

  • 8 Dell PCs
  • 2 Apple iMacs

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

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