Technology services, disability support services (DSS), and the library are partnering to add an Adaptive Technology Lab (ATLab) at the Loyola/Notre Dame Library this year. The ATLab will feature both accessible hardware and software and will be located in the France Merrick Digital Lab on the library’s lower level.
The proposed software and hardware for the ATLab will include technology for: learning disability, ADHD, speech, communication disorders, cognitive disorders, visual impairments, and mobility impairment.
The lab features:
- Kurzweill 3000 (screen reading software to help individuals with reading disabilities)
- Read and Write Gold (literacy software to assist students with learning disabilities)
- ZoomText (screen magnification software to assist individuals who have low vision)
- JAWS (screen reading software to assist blind individuals)
- Braille embosser
- Closed captioned TV
- Wheelchair-accessible desks
In addition to helping members of the Loyola/Notre Dame community with disabilities, many of these items will be helpful for students and professors in academic programs such as speech pathology, education, psychology, pastoral counseling, and engineering.
Information on how to use the technology is available at the lab, and Loyola DSS is available to provide initial training to users who request assistance.