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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.

 

Laboratory Classroom of Accessible Technologies

 

Why?

Logo Laboratory Classroom of Accessible Technologies

 

 

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.

Training

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:

Consulting

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

 

 

 

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.

 

 

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?
  • 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).

 

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.