Teaching Laboratory for Assistive Technologies
What is it?
It is an inclusive space to explore and experience assistive technologies and their relevance as tools for educational integration and innovation. This lab is located on the ground floor of the Social Sciences building. See location 0034PB048.
This lab started as a University of Alicante joint initiative of the Office of the Vice President for Students and Employment and the Office of the Vice President for Campus Facilities and Technology with the aim of promoting the use of assistive technologies for inclusive education through counselling, training and research.
As technology in the classroom promotes greater empathy and interaction between students and teachers, this favours the inclusion of students, especially those with special learning needs.
Nowadays, digital platforms and virtual environments are widely used at our University to guarantee ubiquitous learning and teaching materials, regardless of the device and the context from which they are accessed.
Around 80% of people with disabilities can access and manage ICTs. In fact, they have become regular and advanced users. That is why these technologies are essential and it is our commitment to pay special attention in the process of digital transformation of education to avoid digital barriers, which are, very often, more difficult to perceive than physical barriers.
Training and consulting on Assistive Technologies
Specialised and limited training courses
Specially oriented to discover and experience technology, as well as for use of support products such as screen readers used by blind people.
These courses are designed to discover and experiment with technology, being participatory classes through the use of all the assistive technologies available in the lab. Some training examples:
Functional diversity in the classroom. How to treat students with special needs
Creation of assistive teaching materials (Word and PDF).
- Creation of multimedia assistive documents, video and audio material.
How to make a digital inclusive presentation?
Assistive technology: screen reader used by blind people.
Any member of the university community may attend the teaching lab or request advice.
Teachers with students with special needs to help them adapt documents and understand how their students use technologies.
Students who want to know and perform tests with the latest technologies available for use in their studies.
Researchers will have the opportunity to test their research and better understand the needs of this group of people using all the technology available in the laboratory.
Classroom assisted with technology
This classroom assists the needs of all students, not just students with disabilities. It also serves for teachers to experience how the teaching activity can improve with the use of assistive technologies such as digital whiteboards that share their content with the students' devices. The classroom allows us to check the interaction created by this technology and the new inclusive interfaces provided, such as the use of voice and sound digitalisation.
This accessible team has several support products to guarantee the access of different profiles of people with disabilities, numerous applications and utilities for the creation, edition and checking of accessible electronic documents and advanced peripherals to improve their functioning.
What can I do with this equipment?
Get to know those support products used by people with disabilities.
Create, edit and check accessibility of digital documents.
- Digitise documents to make them easily accessible
What does the equipment contain?
- Screen Readers (for the blind): Jaws 18, NVDA 2016 and Narrator.
- Screen magnifiers (for low vision): ZoomText 10.1 and Magnifier .
- Voice control and dictation (motor): Dragon Natural Speaking 12 and Cortana .
- Office 2016, Adobe Acrobat Professional 11 and PDF Accessibility Checkter .
- Complements for checking website accessibility .
- Fujitsu fast scanner type 'roller' .
Digital Board/Smart Board
65 'touch monitor with mini-computer with built-in accessible software and remote control tools, desktop sharing, annotation in presentations and much more.
Assisted listening system
The laboratory will have a portable magnetic loop system that will allow users to listen to everything that happens in the classroom with high-tech microphones and headphones and/or audio induction loop (people with cochlear implants or hearing aids).
Materials in Braille: text and relief.
A raised printer / 'oven' is available to create charts and other relief items for blind people.
Other types of FM stations and complementary listening systems.
- Switches and special computer mice for people with reduced mobility.
- Hardware screen magnifiers for quick document consultation for people with low vision .
- Specific software for people with dyslexia such as DiTres or Dytective for Samsung .
- And much more.