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
SSD is also able to offer subscriptions to Kurzweil 3000, which allows students to install the software on their personal computers. Kurzweil 3000 can convert pdf and text files to audio format and read text aloud.
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 Lab Manager Vanessa Ayala at firstname.lastname@example.org, or 512-232-2842.
Alternate Text: How to request your books
If you are approved for alternative text, contact the ATEC Lab Manager, Vanessa at email@example.com. Include a picture of the receipt and your book list with the full title, ISBN, author and publisher. This information is typically located within the first few pages of the book. Your books will be converted into accessible pdfs. If you need an alternative format such as a word document or braille, please include this information when you submit your request.
How it works
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.
You will receive your texts as a secure link from UT Box. This link will be active for 30 days during which time you will need to download and save your books on a personal drive.
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/