Assistive technology refers to any equipment or software that can reduce barriers and enhance productivity and independence for people with disabilities. Assistive technology can range from low tech equipment such as magnifiers or slant boards, to mid tech tools such as audio books, to high tech tools such as computers and adaptive software.
There is a vast range of technology available to suit the needs of people with disabilities. Assistive technology can also be used as intended, in a modified manner, or personalized for the individual. Understanding the technology, its features, and how it can be used is essential in choosing the appropriate combination of assistive technology.
On campus, computers with specialized software are located in the Resource Lab (Room B346). During the final exam period, some students may be assigned to a computer lab on the 4th floor of the Bladen Wing building.
An Assistive Technology Assessment consists of an interview with the Assistive Technology Consultant (ATC). It is recommended you bring your laptop, essential assistive technology, and smart phone to the assessment. We will review your current equipment, discuss your experience with previous technology, and identify your strengths and challenges as a student. Challenging areas that can be support by assistive technology include:
Reading i.e. obtaining accessible content, understanding text, maintaining visual focus
The ATC will demonstrate equipment, software, and strategies based on the areas you are experiencing challenges. These may include:
The ATC can provide personalized training and support for the use of the assistive technology equipment and strategies. An opportunity to trial assistive technology and receive training ensures the best outcome when using your equipment.
The ATC works with the Disability Consultant in determining eligibility and obtaining funding for appropriate equipment and software through government funding programs. We can provide information on specialized retailers and obtain equipment quotes.