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Assistive Technology (AT) Services

General information 

The objectives for individuals requesting Assistive Technologies (AT) accommodations should focus on the sensory, physical, or cognitive abilities they want to enhance, increase, or maintain rather than on their disability. AT Services is capable of demonstrating and consulting on a wide range of services, software, and adaptive equipment to help individuals achieve their goals.

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

To obtain more information on AT Services or to set up an appointment for assistive technologies training, please contact the AT Services Manager at (540) 231-3937; TTY (540) 231-3035 or email

For more information on disability accommodations at Virginia Tech, please contact the appropriate office; such as, Services for Students with Disabilities, Personnel Services, or the Office of Equal Opportunity.


For Virginia Tech students, faculty, or staff trained on the use of equipment and software, the AT Services room is available when Newman Library is open. You will need to use your Hokie Passport to access the room.

For those who are not trained on the use of equipment or software, please call (540) 231-3937; TTY (540) 231-3035 or email us to schedule a training session.


AT Services is located in Room 110 on the first floor of Newman Library.

Phone number 

(540) 231-3937; TTY, (540) 231-3035

Contact information 

Assistive Technologies Coordinator - William Holbach
(540) 231-3937

AT Services Manager - Hal Brackett
(540) 231-3937; TTY, (540) 231-3035

Services for Students with Disabilities,
(540) 231-3788; TTY, (540) 231-231-08530

Department of Human Resources, Coordinator of University ADA Services - Pam Vickers
(540) 231-9718


Newman Library spring hours

Sun: opens at 9:00am*
Mon-Thur: open 24 hours*
Fri: closes at 8:00pm
Sat: 9:00am - 8:00pm

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

Current semester hours