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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology refers to any "product, device, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." 

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) is provides support for those students with disabilities who need assistive technology to meet their goals. The DRC works closely with campus departments to promote awareness of available assistive technology and provide recommendations for appropriate assistive technology accommodations.

DRC AT Services

Computing Needs Assessments

The DRC evaluates individual computing needs and makes assistive and standard computing equipment recommendations that will work to accommodate a disability. The DRC focuses on technologies that integrate the user into their work environment.

Support for Media Conversion

The DRC provides textbooks and other media in accessible formats that can be used with assistive technology.  Media can be converted to Braille, large print, and electronic text.

Web Site Accessibility Evaluations

The DRC provides web page evaluations and will provide recommendations on how web sites accessibility can be improved.

Assistive Technology Training and Technical Support

The DRC researches the latest assistive technologies and provides training and support on technologies that help provide access to computing for people with disabilities. One-on-one training on many state of the art technologies is available.  Many assistive technology products are available to be loaned out, as well as making arrangements for assistive technology to be made available in areas where the student is work.

Assistive Technology available from the DRC includes (but is not limited to):

Software:
       Screen Reading
       Speech Recognition
       Screen Enlargement
       Word Prediction
       (TextHelp / WordQ)
       Audio and Visual Feedback
       (Natural Reader and Read Please)
       Braille Printing Software (Duxbury)
       Daisy Text Readers

Hardware:
       Optical Scanners
       Alternate Keyboards
       Alternative Pointing Devices
       (including Trackballs and Mice)
       Braille Printers
       Accessible Tables
       Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs)
       Portable Magnification Devices
       Daisy Victor Readers
       Digital and Tape Recorders

Support for Assistive Workstations in Computer Labs

The DRC works closely with the Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) for general-access to computing labs for students with disabilities.  ACCC has an updated list of available accessible workstations and other important assistive technology information on the ACCC Accessibility Resource Page:
http://accessible.accc.uic.edu


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