The Adaptive Computer Technology (ACT) Lab provides a variety of services to students, faculty, or staff requiring adaptive assistance. Whether you have visual, learning, or physical disabilities that prohibit you from accessing a computer or course materials, the ACT Lab has something for you.
Persons with Visual Impairments
A wide array of services and equipment is available if you have visual impairments.
Those with residual vision have access to closed circuit television systems. Large-print materials can be produced with a photocopying machine or a word processor. Screen magnification software is available on computers, as well as 19- to 21-inch monitors.
If you do not have usable vision, you can access Braille and tactile graphics production in our lab. Braille embossers may be used in conjunction with Braille translation software. There is a refreshable Braille display available in the primary Adaptive Computer Technology Lab. Screen reading software is installed on computers to access on-screen information through the use of an array of voice synthesizers. Scanners with optical recognition software are available to access print information via speech.
Persons with Mobility Impairments
A range of technology is available to facilitate access to computer technology whether your mobility impairments are manual dexterity limitations or complex quadriplegia. Some computer stations may be adjusted to the appropriate height for a comfortable level.
Other modified keyboards and trackballs are available if you have manual dexterity limitations, individual digit manipulation, and limited range of motion.
If you have little or no manual dexterity, the option of using voice recognition software, which allows for hands-free input, is available.
Persons with Learning Disabilities
Several of the technologies available for persons with vision and mobility impairments are also of benefit to those with learning disabilities. For instance, scanning text into an electronic format, then having a voice synthesizer verbalize the information can increase cognition and retention. Altering the screen colors and having the text highlighted as it is spoken assists with the reading process as well. And, the full-color CCTV's are used by some persons with visual processing disorders, to alter the color scheme of print materials.
Tactile graphics can also enhance the understanding of graphical information. Word prediction and completion software can be used to prompt those with learning disabilities and reduce typing and spelling errors.
Persons with Psychological Disorders
Although computer adaptations are not generally needed by those with psychological disorders, the primary Adaptive Computer Technology lab is available for your use. Many individuals find the smaller size of this lab and direct one-on-one support to be beneficial.