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    AT Services - accommodations focusing on sensory, physical, and cognitive abilities.
    AT Services - accommodations focusing on sensory, physical, and cognitive abilities.
    AT Research Lab - Creating accessible technologies to empower people for a lifetime of learning and independence.
    Braille Services - Providing transcriptions in Braille and/or tactile graphics for students and employees of the university.
    Teaching & Outreach-Classroom Lectures and Community Events-Demonstrating the benefits of assistive technologies for all people and results of research.
    Web Accessibility - Web accessibility tools, standards, and practices to make websites usable for people of all abilities.

Assistive Technologies

Most of us take for granted the ability to do simple tasks such as taking a walk on campus, reading a good book, listening to music, watching a movie or using a computer. When the ability to perform everyday tasks has been limited by injury, aging, illness, or any other condition - assistive technologies can often help. Assistive technologies (or AT) may be defined as any product, system, or service that is used by an individual to increase, enhance, or maintain functional capabilities.

The most common example of AT is eyeglasses which are used by millions of Americans to maintain or enhance vision for reading or driving a car. However, accessible technologies, such as screen magnification for visual difficulties, synthetic speech for assisted reading, voice recognition products for writing, and adaptive or ergonomic workstations to prevent injury, may also be defined as assistive technologies.

Mission

The primary mission of Assistive Technologies is to ensure that students, employees, and the general public with disabilities have appropriate technologies needed to access programs and services of the university. To achieve this goal, Assistive Technologies works with University ADA Services and Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD Office) to educate and supply assistive technologies to individuals with a documented need for disability accommodations at Virginia Tech.

A unit of Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS), Assistive Technologies is operationally responsible for AT Services in Newman Library, the AT Research Lab (AT Lab) in Torgersen Hall, Braille Services, Teaching and Outreach activities, and Web accessibility consulting and testing services. Assistive Technologies encourages members of the Virginia Tech community to become involved with accessible technologies by participating in research to create advanced technologies, finding better ways to use existing AT for the disabled, or just by learning about the benefits of assistive technologies. For more information about Assistive Technologies, please contact us.

Virginia Tech Accommodations

AT Services

  • Located on the First Floor of Newman Library, Room 110.
  • AT Services requires Hokie Passport Card and authorized access for services.
  • AT training available for persons with a documented disability and a need for AT accommodations.

AT Research Lab

  • Supports multidisciplinary research focused on creating new AT or improving uses of existing technologies.
  • AT Lab participation provides expertise for research projects on accessibility issues, assistive technologies, and universal design principles.

Braille Services

  • Provides transcription of course materials into braille for students with disabilities.
  • Available to any faculty, staff, or student for university research.
  • Braille Services include Grade 1, Grade 2, Nemeth code, and Tactile graphics.
  • For Braille requests please contact braille@vt.edu

Teaching & Outreach

  • Demonstrates the benefits of assistive technologies and results of AT Research by classroom lectures and public outreach events.
  • Lectures on assistive technologies available upon request.

Web Accessibility

  • Development home for Virginia Tech AccessVT EZ Web Accessibility Standards.
  • Provides consultations of Web Standards: ARIA, WCAG 1.0/2.0, Section 508.
  • Provides website evaluation software (HiSoftware) for validating university website accessibility.

Contact Information

Assistive Technologies
Campus Mail Code: 0434
E-Mail: assist@vt.edu

Postal Address:
P.O. Box 90001
Blacksburg, Virginia
Zip Code: 24062-9001

Phone: 540-231-3937
Fax: 540-231-1724