About the Adaptive Technology Lab
The Adaptive Technology Lab is a new addition as of Fall 2013 to the France-Merrick Digital Media Lab. The space is now designated as The France-Merrick Digital Media and Adaptive Technology Lab.
Accommodations and Services
The 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 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. 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 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. Spell checking and grammar checking are now embedded in commercial word processors to assist with the writing process. Word prediction and completion software can be used to prompt those with learning disabilities and reduce typing and spelling errors. Organizational (Inspiration) software is available to assist in the process of writing outlines and structuring thoughts into logical frameworks.
Persons who are Deaf and/or Hard of Hearing
The Windows operating system is now equipped to provide visual cues to audio output of the internal media card. This will alert you to sounds used as warnings and error messages.