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Laboratory Classroom of Accessible Technologies

¿What is it?

It is an inclusive space in which to discover and experience accessible technologies and their importance as a tool for educational integration and innovation. And it is located on the ground floor of the Social Sciences building. See location 0034PB048.

It was born thanks to the joint initiative of the Vice-rectorate of Students and Employment and the Vice-rectorate of Campus and Technology of the University of Alicante, with the aim of promoting the use of accessible technologies for Inclusive Education through counseling, training and research.

 

Laboratory Classroom of Accessible Technologies

 

¿Why?

Logo Laboratory Classroom of Accessible Technologies

 

 

The technology in the classroom generates greater empathy and interaction between students and faculty, which favors the inclusion of students, especially those who have special learning needs.

Nowadays, digital platforms and virtual environments are the order of the day at our University, and to guarantee ubiquitous learning, teaching materials must be accessible regardless of the device and the context from which it is accessed.

It is estimated that 80% of people with disabilities can access and manage ICT and in fact this group has become a regular user and advanced one in many cases of them. That is why they are essential and it is our obligation to pay special attention in the process of digital transformation of education to avoid digital barriers, which are often more difficult to perceive than physical barriers.

 

Training and advice on Accessible Technologies

Regular calls for reduced and specialised training courses

Specially prepared to discover and experience technology, as well as the use of support products such as screen readers used by blind people.

Training

These courses are specially prepared to discover and experiment with technology, being participatory classes through the use of all the accessible technology of the Laboratory, examples of training:

Counseling

Any member of the university community may attend the classroom or request advice.

 

 

 

Inclusive and integrated classroom

This classroom will be an example of a classroom adapted to the needs of all students, not just students with disabilities. There you can experience how teaching can change with the use of accessible technologies such as digital whiteboards that share their content with the students' devices, the interaction created by this technology and the new inclusive interfaces that it provides, such as the use of voice and the digitalisation of sound.

 

 

Equipment

Accessible equipment

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?
  • Know the support products used by people with disabilities.

  • Create, edit, and check the accessibility of digital documents.

  • Digitise documents in an accessible and fast way

 

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 to listen to everything that happens on the blackboard and the classroom (directional and unidirectional microphones) through headphones and/or induction loop (people with cochlear implants or hearing aids).

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Extra equipment
  • 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.