Assistive Technology
AT Lab - computer workstations

Assistive Technology Lab

  • Student Accessibility Services runs the Assistive Technology Lab which is located in 335 University Centre at our Fort Garry Campus. The AT Lab is available as a safe place to study for all students registered with SAS and is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 am - 4:00 pm. If you would like a tour of the AT Lab please contact the Jeff Buhse, Assistive Technologist, jeff.buhse@umanitoba.ca. Please note: the space is staffed by one person so it is best to call/email ahead to reserve a spot.
  • The AT Lab is home to:
    • 5 private cubicle-style work stations, all equipped with a desktop computer, fan, and lamp.
    • 2 height adjustable tables and 2 stationary tables, ideal for spreading out or working with a partner.
    • 3 PC computers with Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Zoomtext, JAWS, and NVDA.
    • 2 27” iMac’s with Kurzweil 3000 and Dragon Dictate.
    • The Tutorial Room, a private room within the AT Lab equipped with 4 nesting tables, 8 nesting chairs, and 70” TV with AV connection, ideal for student training, group work, or working with a tutor.

Assistive Technology at the U of M

  • Kurzweil 3000
    • Kurzweil 3000 for both PC and Mac is a text to speech program which reads documents to you while taking advantage of ocular tracking (highlighting each word as it reads, similar to karaoke). Kurzweil allows you to highlight your text in a variety of different colours, which you can then extract into a new document. In addition, Kurzweil has a variety of writing tools including mind-mapping/word web which can easily be converted to an outline and draft.
  • Dragon
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking (PC) and Dragon Dictate (Mac) allows the user to completely control their computer by voice. Everything you do with your keyboard and mouse you can do by voice using a variety of voice commands. Where Dragon really excels is in it’s speech recognition – you speak and the computer types. Dragon trains to your voice and gets better the more you use it (as it gets used to the way you speak), you can even add in custom vocabulary which can be very useful in the world or academia.
  • JAWS
    • JAWS is a Screen Reader. Intended for users who are visually impaired, it allows the user to navigate the computer without sight, using only the keyboard (no mouse necessary) .
  • NVDA
    • NVDA is a another Screen Reader. Intended for users who are visually impaired, it allows the user to navigate the computer without sight, using only the keyboard (no mouse necessary) .
  • Zoomtext Magnifier
    • Zoomtext is a screen magnification program generally used by those with low vision. It allows for easy magnification of the entire screen or only particular content and includes many features such as screen masking, colour contrasts, and changing the way your mouse works.

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