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Accessibility and the Adaptive Technology Centre

Adaptive Technology Centre (ATC), located in room 120, Stauffer Library, offering a range of services, computers, assistive devices, and specialized software that enable students with disabilities to read, write, research and study more effectively.

Guidelines for Lab Usage

  • Please no food or drinks at the computers. Food and drink are allowed at the lounge area in the Adaptive Technology Lab (beside the printer) and the seating area located at the entrance to the Adaptive Technology Centre.
  • Only students registered with the Disability Services Office are permitted to use the Adaptive Technology Lab. Interpreters, interveners, and attendants may accompany students into the Lab.
  • If you are using one of the two study rooms, please be fair and share the space with others.  Don’t leave your personal belongings in the room to “save” the space for extended periods of time. 
  • Please don’t leave any personal belongings unattended in the Lab.
  • Return any Library books when finished. Please do not leave them in the Lab.
  • Please inform staff if you witness anyone abusing the space or equipment in the Lab. If you witness such occurrences after 5:00 p.m., please go to the Commissionaires at the security desk.

Contact Staff

Contact:  Anne Newman, Adaptive Technology Centre, Room 120D, Stauffer Library.

Library Accessibility Services

The Adaptive Technology Lab is located within the Adaptive Technology Centre, which is on the Ground Floor of Stauffer Library in Room 119. The lab contains assistive devices computer hardware and software that enable students with disabilities to research, write and study more effectively.  The lab is for the exclusive use of students with disabilities and their assistants.

To obtain access to the Adaptive Technology Lab, students must first be registered at the Queen's Student Accessibility Office, La Salle Building, Stuart Street, where a disability services card will be issued. Upon presentation of this card at Stauffer Library Circulation Desk, students may sign for a temporary access card to the Lab. Students may also obtain their own access card from the Sr. Assistant to the Coordinator of Library Accessibility Services.

Adaptive Technology

“Adaptive Technology refers to any item, piece of equipment, or product system, modified or customized, that is used to increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities to achieve greater independence.”
(29 U.S.C. Sec 22202)

The following is a list of specialized software and adaptive technologies available in the Adaptive Technology Lab:

Text-to-Speech: Software that allows students to scan their texts into the computer, which converts the text into a digital format and uses a speech synthesizer to read it aloud. (e.g. Kurzweil 3000, Read&Write)

Voice-to-Text: Software that allows users to speak into a microphone while the computer transcribes their voice into a digital format. (e.g. Dragon Naturally Speaking)

Screen Readers: Software that reads the computer screen aloud to students, replacing the graphical user interface with auditory interface. (e.g. JAWS, VoiceOver)

Mind-Mapping: Software that assists students in the brain-storming process and thought organization which assists the writing process. (e.g. Inspiration)

Screen Magnifiers: Software that allows students to magnify the size of documents and other software applications that appears on the screen. (e.g. ZoomText)

CCTV: Closed captioned television systems enlarge print texts using a camera and standard computer monitor. (e.g. OPTELEC Clearview)

Writing Tools: Software that assist students with word prediction, grammar, and spelling errors in documents. (e.g. Inspiration, Kurzweil 3000)

Digital Recorders and Smartpens: Tools to assist with note-taking in lectures. (e.g. Livescribe Smartpen)

Tactile Image Enhancer: This assists persons who are blind or with low vision. Images are printed on special paper and run through a thermal enhancer. This causes the paper to rise in the areas where the ink is located, thus creating a raised form of the image on the paper.

Braille Printer.  

Specialized Software and Assistive Devices

The following specialized software programs and assistive devices are available in the Adaptive Technology Lab:


  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking
  • JAWS for Windows
  • ZoomText Magnifier/Reader
  • Kurzweil 1000 and Kurzweil 3000
  • TextHELP! Read & Write
  • 1Checker (Free proofreading, grammar and spell-check)
  • ReWordify (Free site to simplify difficult English)
  • Inspiration
  • XMind (free mind mapping for PC/Windows)
  • MacSpeech (available for demonstration purposes)
  • NaturalReaders (free text to speech software)
  • Balabolka (free text to speech document reader for PC)

Assistive Devices

  • OPTELEC Clearview CCTV
  • Livescribe Smartpen
  • Scanners
  • Height-adjustable tables

Print / Scan / Copy

All computers are networked to the Stauffer Library ATC Public Colour Printer located within the Adaptive Technology Lab. Students can print, scan, and copy at any of the Library locations from either your own device or by using one of the ATC Lab workstations. If you have a current Queen's Student or Staff card you will be loading funds using the Tri-Colour Cash method. Scanning to a USB key is free for current students and staff members. If you require assistance with the printer in the ATC lab, ask either the Adaptive Technology staff for assistance, or staff at the Information Services Desk will assist you. For more information about Queen's University Library printing, scanning and copying services, please visit this page.

Equipment Loan

A limited number of Livescribe pens and iPads are available for loan. 

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