Before the iPad, vocational rehabilitation was a reliable enough resource for assistive technology. As each week brings new apps, however, college students with disabilities need more immediate access to technology and training. Hence, institutions such as the Assistive Technology Lab at the University of New Hampshire are playing increasingly vital roles.
Assistive Technology Specialist Diana Petschauer runs the UNH AT Lab, which opened in February 2011.
Petschauer provides UNH’s 727 registered students with disabilities assistive technology assessments, recommendations, and training and support to use any programs or technologies available through the lab or on campus.
The lab has accessible workstations, including computer monitors with adjustable arms, large-print keyboards, trackball mice, headphones with microphones, and scanners. Assistive devices include iPads with hundreds of accessible apps, Echo Smart Pens, Zoom Twix magnifiers, and programs such as Dragon NautrallySpeakng 11.5 dictation software.
Students can come into the lab and receive training or use the workstations and technology to complete assignments. Some programs, such as Read&Write GOLD, can be accessed remotely on laptops or mobile devices.
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