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Tech Talks | ITS Department Spotlight: Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center

Featuring Leon McNaught and Christine Fundell of the Assistive Technology & Accessibility Center
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Question: What is the Assistive Technology and Accessibility Center?

Answer: The Assistive Technology & Accessibility Center (ATAC) is a specialized computer lab that provides access to assistive technologies (AT) for students, faculty, and staff.  ATAC lab is located in the Pfau Library Wedge PL-1109.D in the Southside of the main computer lab.  We are open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 pm and on Friday until 5:00 p.m.

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Question: Is ATAC only for students with disabilities?

Answer: AT is traditionally used by individuals with disabilities to facilitate alternate means of access to information. However, many students without disabilities use ATAC because they find that AT increases productivity in reading and writing. ATAC lab is open to all students, faculty, and staff including CSUSB Alumni.

Question: What services are provided by ATAC for students, faculty, and staff?

Answer: There are many useful services for the CSUSB community to take advantage of. Some services include video captioning, content remediation, braille production, free audio books/periodicals, and home use technology software applications for faculty and staff. ATAC can also provide guidance to software developers by testing your mobile app or other applications and provide a report on overall accessibility of your design including elements that may require remediation.

ATAC can loan iPads and SmartPens to students and other equipment can be rented one academic quarter at a time.

 Question: Which assistive technologies are available to students?

Answer: ATAC supports many software programs that help accessibility. Below is a chart outlining our assistive software and how they can be used.

Software Category Audience
JAWS (Job Access With Speech) Screen reader. Reads all information presented on-screen aloud. Manipulation exclusively via keyboard input.
  • Blind or low vision individuals.
  • Content creators who wish to check the accessibility of their materials.
ZoomText On-screen Magnification. Enlarges information on-screen and provides custom visual enhancements.
  • Low vision individuals.
WYNN (What You Need Now) Literacy. Allows high speed scanning of books (via PEARL scanning camera) and creation of audio MP3 files. Create digital study guides.
  • Anyone, and especially individuals who may require more exposure and repetition to understand written materials.
OpenBook Optical Character Recognition (OCR). Acquire printed material and create digital text to audio.
  • Blind or low vision individuals.
Dragon Naturally Speaking Speech Recognition. Converts natural language speech into text. Also allows control and manipulation of a computer and programs via voice.
  • Anyone, and especially individuals who have poor typing or spelling abilities.
Talking Typing Teacher Typing tutor. Trains the user to touch-type using all fingers on the keyboard without looking at the keys.
  • Anyone, and especially someone who wishes to learn how to touch type or improve speed or accuracy.

 

Question: Does ATAC provide mobile cart accommodation?

Answer: If you require assistive technology at a specific location on campus (such as a classroom lab) ATAC can provide a fully mobile assistive technology workstation on a temporary basis up to an academic quarter at a time.

Question: How do I contact ATAC?

Answer: You can walk in the ATAC office in PL-1109D or dial extension x75079 from an on-campus phone or 909-537-5079 if you’re off campus. ATAC can also be reached anytime at atac@csusb.edu.

 

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ATAC | Assistive Technology & Accessibility Center

Assistive Technology & Accessibility Center (ATAC) is a specialized computer lab that provides and supports a variety of assistive technologies (AT) for students, faculty, and staff.  AT is traditionally used by individuals with disabilities to facilitate alternate means of access to information.

ATAC also focuses on the field of accessibility. Accessibility considers the best strategies and techniques so students, faculty, and staff can conveniently access the Web, saved documents, and other digital content.

The ATAC lab is open to everyone.

Office: PL1109D
Email: ATAC@csusb.edu
Phone: 909-537-5079

Additional locations of ATAC adaptive workstations:

CSUSB:
Library Wedge PL-1109

Palm Desert Campus:
RG-209, RG-215, HS-103