Assistive Technology Education Center (ATEC)
The ATEC Lab is located in the Student Services Building (SSB), room 4.206 and offers adaptive equipment and software for students registered with SSD. It also serves as the production facility for students who receive alternative text accommodations. The ATEC lab is open during SSD business hours, Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.
The ATEC Lab contains a color CCTV, duplex scanners, a Macintosh G4 workstation and PC workstations equipped with the following programs:
- Kurzweil 3000
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
In addition to assistive technology and adaptive equipment, the ATEC Lab offers on site staff to assist students with scanning, testing and assistive technology use as needed. For further information, contact the Lab Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org 512-232-2842.
Kurzweil 3000 Firefly
Kurzweil is designed for students with learning differences including learning, mobility, and/or visual disabilities and can convert pdf and text files to audio format and read text aloud. Students approved for Kurzweil as an accommodation can email the ATEC Lab at email@example.com with a request for the software to install the software on their personal computers. . You will receive an email within 2 business days with instructions on how to register yourself for an account and how to download the software.
*This accommodation is only available to students who are approved for it. Publishers have strict guidelines for what constitutes a “print disability” and we must adhere to those definitions when requesting accessible versions of texts.
Email your book list to firstname.lastname@example.org, include a picture of the receipt and for each book the full title, ISBN, author and publisher which is located within the first few pages of the book. Please include any specific formats needed, such as braille, when you submit your request.
How it works:
We work with publishers to get digital formats of the texts so that we do not have to unbind and scan by hand. If we are unable to get a digital version from the publisher, you will be contacted to bring in the physical copy of the book/course packet for us to scan.
You will receive your texts, in an accessible format that will work with Kurzweil, through a secure link from UT Box. This link will be active for only 30 days during which time you will need to download and save your books on a personal drive.
We work with the publishers to get digital formats of the texts so that we do not have to unbind and scan by hand. If we are unable to get a digital format from the publisher, you will be contacted to bring in the physical copy of the book/course packet for us to scan.
Submit your request no later than a week before the text is needed. A good practice is to check your booklist or the University Coop list before the semester begins and submit the request as soon as possible. This way your books will be ready at the beginning of the semester when SSD and publishers receive the most text requests.
The University of Texas Libraries offer reference and research assistance, access to accessible electronic material, and accessible workstations. Information on Library Services For Users With Disabilities is available here: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/services/assistive/