Assistive Technology Resource Center
The mission of the Students Accessibility Services (SAS) Assistive Technology Resource Center (ATRC) is to provide a quiet and accessible environment that is conducive to learning. We strive to offer a wide range of cutting-edge assistive technology along with comprehensive training and support by experienced lab staff.
Assistive technology equipment and computer software are available for SAS students in a wheelchair accessible environment on the Boca Raton campus, Broward campuses and Northern campuses. To use the Boca Raton ATRC Lab, SAS students must first attend an ATRC Lab Orientation. It is designed to provide an overview of all assistive technology available in the lab. This gives students the opportunity to participate in the process of determining which technology would be best suited for their individualized needs. In addition, the lab orientation explains procedures and rules for working in the lab. Students may take a technology competency survey to help highlight areas in which they may need assistance to complete typical academic assignments.
This is a selection of the highly useful technology tools available in the lab. SAS registered students are always invited to make an appointment to come in and find out which technology equipment might help them.
Electronic magnification equipment. Closed circuit television (CCTV) magnification equipment provides enlarged and modified access to printed materials on a monitor for persons who are visually impaired.
DRAGON NATURALLY SPEAKING
Speech recognition software Voice-to-text program that allows students to dictate text and control the computer using their voice. This may help disabilities such as motor impairment and dysgraphia.
Screen reading software Software that reads the contents of e screen for complete utilization of the computer, including websites, e-mail, e-text documents, chat, etc., by individuals who are visually impaired.
Kurzweil 1000 allows printed material to be converted to electronic text or audio record for students with visual impairments. Kurzweil 3000 also allows for printed material to be converted to electronic text or audio, but also includes a wide range of study tools for students with learning disabilities.
Braille Embosser & Translation software
Text and graphics can be translated into various braille formats as well as tactile graphics along with an ink overlay. This may be used by braille users who are visually impaired.
DAISY Format Audio Players
These portable devices allow students to listen to accessible audio versions of books. They are used by students with print disabilities such as dyslexia and visual impairment.
Screen-Magnification and Screen-Reading software
Screen-magnification program that enlarges and modifies the text on the screen to make it easier to read for individuals with low vision.The reading component of this software can also assist individuals with print disabilities such as dyslexia. The SAS offers many different types of state of-the-art assistive technology software and hardware as well as additional AT services such as C-print for registered SAS students.
Wireless real-time captioning C-print software is installed on two wirelessly connected notebook computers and allows a C-print facilitator to caption text from a teacher’s speech in real-time during class.
Audio amplification devices This device allows the wireless transmission of amplified audio from a small microphone worn by the teacher to a discreet earpiece worn by a student in class.
Assistive Technology Available On Each Campus
AVAILABLE ON ALL CAMPUSES
- Kurzweil 3000 and Kurzweil 1000
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
- FM Amplification Systems
- Victor Readers
- Livescribe Smartpen
- Talking Calculators
- Jumbo Key Calculators
- Digital Voice Recorders
- Portable Close/Distance
- Handheld CCTV
- One-Handed Keyboards
- Humanware Classmate
- Read & Write Gold Portable
- Foot Mouse
- Ergonomic Trackball Mice
- Focus 44 Refreshable Braille Display
- Stationary CCTV
BOCA RATON ATRC LAB
- Kurzweil 1000
- Fujitsu High-Speed Duplex Scanner
- Magic Curser
- Screen Doors
- Tiger Braille Embosser
- Dolphin Easy Converter
- PIAF Tactile Graphics Device
- Audio Graphing Calculator
ADDITIONAL FAU LOCATIONS THAT HAVE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY
There is additional assistive technology software located in many FAU computer labs. For a list of these open lab locations, go to:
The FAU library provides assistive technology workstations for persons with disabilities at Boca Raton, Jupiter and Harbor Branch campuses. These are equipped with CCTV devices, JAWS, Zoomtext, Kurzweil 3000, Dolphin EasyReader and Dragon Naturally Speaking. Additional information can be found at: http://www.library.fau.edu/geninfo/adaserv.htm