"Assistive technology" (AT) is a general term for the various tools that help people use electronic devices with greater ease.
There are AT tools that
AT helps people with physical challenges to have equal access to computers, mobile devices and other technology, and it also provides a way for everyone to use technology in ways that match their own particular learning styles.
All of the computers for student, staff and faculty use at Erikson have a variety of AT features, which are detailed below.
Most of the computers at Erikson are PCs with Windows operating systems. In addition to the workstations in the Library and the Computer Lab, the Library has PC laptops which may be checked out. Windows AT features are called Ease of Access tools. They include:
The Library has two MacBook Pro laptops which may be checked out. The AT features that are standard for Mac/iOs include:
The Library has a Surface Pro (Windows) and an iPad (Mac/iOs) available for check out. The AT features on these devices include the following:
Upon request, Erikson students, staff and faculty may also have access to Dragon Naturally Speaking, a powerful speech recognition software that allows users to dictate information directly into a document. Using this software requires a period of training so that the program can learn to recognize your particular voice characteristics.
If you are a student, staff, or faculty member who because of special circumstances might benefit from this kind of software, please contact Stripe Gandara at 312-893-7184 or SGandara@Erikson.edu
If you are a student who has a special circumstance that may impede your ability to successfully complete Erikson's written Comprehensive Exams, please contact Stripe Gandara at 312-893-7184 or SGandara@Erikson.edu, for more information about the possibility of using Dragon Naturally Speaking to complete this degree requirement.