CAR Technology Center

CAR Technology Center

Accessible Technology Drop In posterBuilding 19, Room 263B

Summer 2018 drop-in hours are Monday – Thursday 10AM – 2PM 
*Closed Wednesdays 12:00 – 1:00 PM for staff training. 

Drop-in hours Summer 2018 PDF

What is the CAR Technology Center?

The CAR Technology Center is a space available for CAR students to use to for support and resources regarding their accessible technology, as well as access of specific accessible software. In the Center, staff are available work with students to provide support regarding this accessible technology equipment and software. Computers and desks are also available for CAR students who need a quiet space to work with their accessible technology or do homework.

Accessible Technology Drop In

CAR students are welcome to come to CAR’s Technology Center. Accessible Technology Staff are on hand at all times during drop-in hours to help you with any questions you have about your accessible technology, no appointment necessary! Computers and desk space are also available if you need to work with your technology for a while or if you need a quiet space to do some homework.

Technology Orientations

Any student who is made eligible for an accommodation that utilizes accessible technology must attend a mandatory technology orientation before they can check out their equipment. In this orientation, students will learn about their technology and how to use it.

Technology trainings are offered during drop-in hours or during other office hours by appointment. The technology staff offer trainings on:

  •  Adobe Read-Out-Loud
  •  IBM Watson
  •  Smart Pen
  •  Echo Desktop
  •  Audio Recorders
  •  Dragon Naturally Speaking
  •  Accessible Ipad Apps

Staff also answer questions or help troubleshoot any other software available in the Technology Center or that students own.

Software and Equipment:

The CAR Technology Center computers come with many different options that students can utilize during drop in hours. Computers in the CAR Technology Center are equipped with:

  •  Adobe Reader and Pro
  •  Natural Reader
  •  Echo Desktop
  •  Dragon Naturally Speaking
  •  NVDA
  •  JAWS
  •  ZoomText
  •  High Contrast Keyboards

Notetaking Software

PDF of Notetaking Software options

This pdf contains links to and descriptions of softwares and apps that may help students with notetaking.

Accessible Technology and PDF Tutorials

photo of smart penLivescribe Smartpens—Smartpens are ballpoint pens with an embedded computer and digital audio recorder. If used with the paper in the smartpen notebook the smartpen will record what it writes and later upload it to a computer. For more information, read CAR's Smartpen Instructions below.

Echo Desktop for Smartpens—Echo Desktop is computer software allowing people to view and listen to content created using a Smartpen. When a student uses a Smartpen provided by the Center for Accessible Resources (CAR) they will be given instructions for how to upload this software on to their computer; students can also find the instructions below.

photo of audio recorderAudio Recorders are available to students to record lectures to play back later. These are great for any student who has trouble taking quick, thorough notes or would benefit from repetition of lectures at home.

IBM Watson, our speech-to-text service, is available for students to transcribe and print audio recordings. IBM Watson will take audio recordings of full-length lectures and turn them into printable text. This is a great program for students who wish to read along with their lectures.

Adobe Read Out Loud is a useful feature of the adobe reader software. A voice reads your pdf or accessible textbook out loud, with options to read single pages, paragraphs, or the entire document! Voices can also be adjusted for speed and volume.

Visit our Accessible Technology Page for more information on accessible computer software and iPad apps!