Adaptive Technology

What is Adaptive Technology?

Adaptive technology describes hardware and software that is created for the purpose of providing equal access to built and online environments. Adaptive technology can increase function, independence, participation, and productivity and range from easy-to-obtain and inexpensive products like electric staplers, ergonomic pens, and free mobile applications to sophisticated and specialized software and hardware for computer access.

How do I learn about Adaptive Technology?

Adaptive technology may be accessed in a campus lab or classroom, through an outside vendor, or on a personal computer or mobile device you already own!


  1. Check out the adaptive software and mobile applications recommended by the Adaptive Technology Specialist.
  2. Set an appointment with the Adaptive Technology Specialist by calling the DRC Front Desk at (503) 725-4150.

Where can I find Adaptive Technology on campus?

The Office of Information Technology (OIT) supports several accessible work stations in the following computer labs and classrooms:

Labs

  • Broadway/Integrated Digital Support Center (IDSC)

    • Hours:
      • Sunday through Saturday 7:30 a.m. to 12 a.m.
    • Location: Broadway Housing Building (BHB 225/226)
    • Number of Accessible Stations: 8
    • Available Software: Dictation, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, JAWS, Kurzweil 3000, Magnifier, NVDA, Read:OutLoud, VoiceOver for OS X, Zoom, ZoomText
    • Available Hardware: Trackball mice and ZoomText keyboards
  • Millar Library Labs

    • Hours:
      • Sunday 12 p.m.- to 6 p.m.
      • Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
      • Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
      • Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    • Location 1: 1st Floor Computer Lab (north end of the 1st floor)
      • Number of Accessible Stations: 3
      • Available Software: Dictation, Kurzweil 3000, Magnifier, NVDA, Read:OutLoud, VoiceOver for OS X, Zoom, ZoomText
      • Available Hardware: Trackball mice, a CCTV, and a ZoomText keyboard
    • Location 2: 2nd Floor Computer Lab (2nd floor across from the elevators)
      • Number of Accessible Stations: 3
      • Available Software: Dictation, JAWS, Kurzweil 3000, Magnifier, NVDA, Read:OutLoud, VoiceOver for OS X, Zoom, ZoomText
      • Available Hardware: Trackball mice, a CCTV, and ZoomText keyboards
    • Location 3: Third Floor Study Space (3rd floor to the left coming out of the elevators)
      • Number of Accessible Stations:
      • Available Software: Dictation, JAWS, Kurzweil 3000, Magnifier, NVDA, Read:OutLoud, VoiceOver for OS X, Zoom, ZoomText
      • Available Hardware: Trackball mouse and a ZoomText keyboard
      • Location 4: Circulation Desk for Checkout
        • Number of Accessible Laptops: 4
        • Available Software: Dictation, JAWS, Kurzweil 3000, Magnifier, NVDA, Read:OutLoud, VoiceOver for OS X, Zoom, ZoomText
        • Available Hardware: Trackball mice and ZoomText keyboards

    Classrooms

    • Instructional Computing Classrooms (ICC)

      • Hours:
        • Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
        • Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
        • Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Location: Cramer Hall (CH 1)
        • Number of Accessible Stations: 1
        • Available Software: Magnifier, NVDA, Read:OutLoud, ZoomText
        • Available Hardware: Trackball mice and ZoomText keyboards
    • Freshman Inquiry (FRINQ) Classrooms

      • Hours:
        • Monday through Thursday 7:45 a.m. to 10 p.m.
        • Friday TBA
      • Locations 1-10: Cramer Hall (CH 145, 147, 149, 154, 159, 165, 166, 187, 194, and 196)
      • Number of Accessible Stations: 10
      • Available Software: Kurzweil 3000, Magnifier, NVDA, Read:OutLoud, ZoomText
      • Available Hardware: Trackball mice and ZoomText keyboards
    • Sophomore Inquiry (SINQ) Classrooms

      • Hours:
        • Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
        • Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
      • Locations 1-3: Cramer Hall (CH 245, 247, and 249)
      • Number of Accessible Stations: 3
      • Available Software: Kurzweil 3000, Magnifier, NVDA, Read:OutLoud, ZoomText
      • Available Hardware: Trackball mice and ZoomText keyboards

    Any Questions?

    Ask the Adaptive Technology Specialist.

    Michele Bromley
    Adaptive Technology Specialist

    Alternative Formats Coordinator

    Office: 116A SMSU
    Phone: 503-725-8395
    Fax: 503- 725-4103
    Email: michele.bromley@pdx.edu