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Assistive technology services

AT Services is located on the first floor of Newman Library in Room 110. Access to AT Services requires Hokie Passport Card and authorized access for services, and is restricted to qualified individuals and AT/Special Services staff. For more on AT Services, please contact us.

To utilize AT Services an individual must have an accommodation referral from either University ADA Services or the SSD Office, or be a student in the regional on-campus transition program (OCTP) with a need for AT Services.  Accommodations may include:

  • AT accommodations training and consultations by Assistive Technologies or more advanced training by Commonwealth disabilities service agencies (DSA) or outside consultants
  • Video magnifiers and screen magnification programs with assistive reading and large-print software for people with visual difficulties
  • Screen reading programs and low-vision products that scan and read for people with low-vision or for the blind who use synthetic speech or Braille
  • Assistive reading, writing, and note taking products that often have literacy tools using synthetic speech or dramatic readings to aid persons with learning or print disabilities
  • Speech and voice recognition products for persons needing to dictate text or control a computer due to a physical limitation or cognitive disability such as dyslexia
  • Alternative input devices and built-in operating system (Widows/Mac OS X) accessibility features that enable people with disabilities to use a computer, improve their level of comfort, and/or avoid injury
  • Providing AT software for university owned computers using networked licensed software

Quick Reference

Virginia Tech Accommodations

Services

  • Located on the First Floor of Newman Library, Room 110.
  • AT Services requires Hokie Passport Card and authorized access for services.
  • AT training available for persons with a documented disability and a need for AT accommodations.

Research Lab

  • Supports multidisciplinary research focused on creating new AT or improving uses of existing technologies.
  • AT Lab participation provides expertise for research projects on accessibility issues, assistive technologies, and universal design principles.

Braille

  • Provides transcription of course materials into braille for students with disabilities.
  • Available to any faculty, staff, or student for university research.
  • Braille Services include Grade 1, Grade 2, Nemeth code, and Tactile graphics.
  • For Braille requests please contact braille@vt.edu

Teaching

  • Demonstrates the benefits of assistive technologies and results of AT Research by classroom lectures and public outreach events.
  • Lectures on assistive technologies available upon request.

Web Accessibility

  • Development home for Virginia Tech AccessVT EZ Web Accessibility Standards.
  • Provides consultations of Web Standards: ARIA, WCAG 1.0/2.0, Section 508.
  • Provides website evaluation software (HiSoftware) for validating university website accessibility.

Contact Information

Assistive Technologies
Campus Mail Code: 0434
E-Mail: assist@vt.edu

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 90001
Blacksburg, Virginia
Zip Code: 24062-9001

Phone: 540-231-3937


Newman Library Hours

Open 24/7 through May 10th.
Wed. May 11, 2016 - Closes at 8 P.M.

*During 24-hour operation, a valid Hokie Passport is required to access or remain in the library between 12 midnight and 7:30 a.m.