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Assistive Technology Center (ATC)

The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) promotes an accessible information technology infrastructure at Purdue that is usable by all students, faculty, and staff regardless of disability status.

The ATC does this by providing:

Location of the Assistive Technology Center

The Assistive Technology Center is located in Stewart Center Room 111.

Hours of Operation

Day of the WeekOpening TimeClosing Time
Monday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. 11:00 p.m.
Friday 7:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. 6:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 p.m. 11:00 p.m.

Assistive Technology for Students

On-Campus Assistive Technology

In the ATC, students can use a wide variety of assistive technologies to meet their information access and computing needs. These include stand-alone equipment, adaptive software, and adaptive hardware.

Screen Reader

Screen Enlargement

Voice Input

Text-to-Speech

Braille

Alternate Keyboards

Alternate Pointing Devices

  • Kensington Trackball
  • No-Hands FootMouse

CCTVs (Closed Circuit Televisions) or Video Enlargers

  • FreedomScientific Topaz
  • VisioBook
  • TSI Voyager XL
  • Opti Lite
  • Optelec ClearView

Adjustable Furniture

  • Electrically Adjustable Tables
  • Manually Adjustable Tables

Assistive Listening Systems

Assistive Listening Systems are available in several classrooms on Purdue's campus. These systems can be helpful to individuals who are hard of hearing or in other ways benefit from amplification of the instructor's voice. Headsets for using these systems are available from the Assistive Technology Center or the Disability Resource Center. Please contact the ATC (765-494-4387 or atc-info@purdue.edu) or the DRC (765-494-1247 or drc@purdue.edu) to find out more information on borrowing a headset or get information about classrooms that have assistive listening systems.

Assistive Technology Availability in other ITaP Labs

Most ATC software can be made available in other ITaP labs for class use. Please contact your Disability Resource Center Counselor for more information.


Assistive Technology Training

Students can receive individualized training in the ATC by appointment. On-line training is also available through the ATC Introduction course offered in the Purdue Non-Academic Campus of Blackboard. To get started with the ATC Introduction Class you just need to follow the ATC Introduction Course Registration Instructions.

Assistive Technology Loan

The ATC will assist eligible Purdue students with evaluation, installation, and maintenance of Purdue assistive software to accomplish their educational goals and objectives. The software currently available for loan to eligible students includes:

Eligibility for ATC Services

Most of the services available through the Assistive Technology Center can only be provided to students, faculty or staff who are eligible because of disability status as defined by the Americans with Disabilites Act (ADA).  The ATC does not determine eligibility; those decisions are made by the Disability Resource Center and the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources.

For students, eligibility is determined by the Disability Resource Center (http://www.purdue.edu/odos/drc). Students should contact the DRC (765-494-1247 or drc@purdue.edu) to speak with a program specialist.

For faculty and staff, eligibility is determined by an Employee Relations evaluator (http://www.purdue.edu/hr/Employee_Relations/employrelations_team.html) within the Office of the Vice President for Human Resources.  To request accommodations under the ADA, faculty and staff should contact an evaluator at (765) 494-1679.

Assistive Technology for Faculty and Staff with Disabilities

  • ATC will assist eligible Purdue faculty and staff with evaluation, installation, and maintenance of Purdue assistive software to accomplish their educational or employment goals and objectives.
  • Provide training for faculty and staff on supported assistive technology. This includes one-on-one training, by appointment and online training.
  • Availability of assistive technology on campus.
    • Most ATC software can be made available in other ITaP labs for class use. Please contact Human Resources for more information.
  • Assistive Listening Systems.

Eligibility for ATC Services

Most of the services available through the Assistive Technology Center can only be provided to students, faculty or staff who are eligible because of disability status. The ATC does not determine eligibility; those decisions are made by the Disability Resource Center, the Office of Institutional Equity, or Human Resource Services.

For students, eligibility is determined by the Disability Resource Center (http://www.purdue.edu/odos/drc). Students should contact the DRC (765-494-1247 ordrc@purdue.edu) to speak with a program specialist.

For faculty and staff, eligibility is determined by either Human Resource Services or the Office of Institutional Equity based on an evaluation of disability status under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Faculty or staff may contact Pat D. Russell, the ADA /Leaves/CDL Program Consultant in Human Resource Services at 494-0269 or at prussell@purdue.edu. Marcy Hintzman, Assistant Director, Compliance and Disability Services in the Office of Institutional Equity, may be contacted at 494-7253 or at mhintzma@purdue.edu.

Consultation and Training to Those Who Teach Students with Disabilities at Purdue

  • Provide assistance in creating accessible information technology, or assess accessibility of existing technology used by a class
  • Assist web designers to create and develop a fully accessible Web site, or evaluate the accessibility of an existing site
  • Consult with faculty and staff on making classes more accessible to students with disabilities
  • Provide assistive technology information to instructors
  • Demonstrate assistive technology to classes
  • Provide assistive technology to eligible students with disabilities

Consultation and Training to Those Who Support Access to Information Technology for People with Disabilities

  • Provide assistance in creating accessible information technology, or assess accessibility of existing technology used by a class
  • Assist web designers to create and develop a fully accessible Web site, or evaluate the accessibility of an existing site
  • Consult with faculty and staff on making classes more accessible to students with disabilities
  • Provide assistive technology information to instructors
  • Demonstrate assistive technology to classes
  • Provide assistive technology to eligible students with disabilities

If you have any questions come in and see us or mail one of us: atc-info@purdue.edu.