Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College

Assistive Technology

What is A T (Assistive Technology)?
Assistive Technology is any tool allowing individuals with impairments to use their own unique abilities to reach their goals. Such impairments may be permanent or temporary. A T is defined as technological tools (computers and communication devices) used to access education, employment, recreation or communication, living as independently as possible. There are also many tools that are low cost, lo-tech solutions that can be considered A T tools as well.

Most people start with a goal such as, "I want to access a computer but I can't use a keyboard", "I've been temporarily injured and need to use a computer at work", or "I cannot see a computer screen but I want to get on the Internet".

Examples of A T include but are not limited to talking word processors, specialized keyboards, communication devices, arm and wrist supports, amplified telephone handsets, screen magnifiers or larger sized monitors, and environmental controls.

Where can I find A T on campus?
We currently have 6 universally designed workstations, a variety of A T applications, 2 scanners, and 1 CCTV/Opteplec stations. You will find 2 workstations in the Kollett Center for Learning and 4 workstations in the Wallace Library. Also it the library you'll find 1 Opteplec reading station. Visit or call the Technology Support at extension 3900 for more information and equipment locations.

Software information and exact locations of this equipment can be found on our Assistive Technology location site.

Does A T come with computers?
Mainstream technology has been moving increasingly in the direction of Universal Design. This means that mainstream hardware and software, "out of the box" is usable or customizable for use by a wide range of consumers with varying abilities and goals.

Operating systems on PC (Windows) and Macintosh each include options that meet the needs of many people with impairments. The advantages are that there is no extra cost to the consumer and are present and available to all. The user simply needs to know that they are there and to customize them for optimum individual use.

Who can I contact for more information?
Technology Support is responsible for most assistive technology on campus. We work closely with the Kollett Center for Learning. For more information you may call Technology Support at x3900 or email support@wheatoncollege.edu

More A T information:
A T and the Windows operating system
A T and the Macintosh operating system

The Internet Public Library
Great resource for teaching and learning

Resources for the Learning disabilities community
LD Resources

(Promotes the effective use of technology to enhance educational outcomes)
National Center to improve practice in special education through Technology, Media, and Materials

Computer workstations and more
OSHA ergonomic solutions

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