The Loyola/Notre Dame Library is home to the Adaptive Technology Lab (ATLab), which features both accessible hardware and software technology for learning disabilities, ADHD, speech, communication disorders, cognitive disorders, visual impairments, and mobility impairment. It is located in the France Merrick Digital Lab on the library’s lower level.
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. It will also assist all members of the Loyola community with testing and developing accessible materials.
Information on how to use the technology is available at the lab, and Loyola's office of Disability Support Services is available to provide initial training to users who request assistance.