Adaptive Technology (AT) is the use of technology to provide equal access to information. Adaptive Technology Services (ATS) is an office in the Department of Disability Services that offers adaptive support services for students with disabilities such as audio books, adaptive software/hardware, alternative format materials, and equipment loan along with AT consultation and support.
If you think you may benefit from a technology accommodation, ask your Access Coordinator for a referral for an AT Assessment. If you don't know who your Access Coordinator is, contact Disability Services. A full-time professional staff member can advise you on technologies that may work for you based on disability need and abilities. If you qualify for disability services, the equipment and/or software you need may be loaned or made available to you at no charge.
ATS also manages an Open Access Lab in Cain B109 that includes additional hardware, software to make the lab more accessible to individuals with disabilities. Although ATS exists primarily to serve students with disabilities at Texas A&M, any current registered student, staff or faculty member who has an OAL login account may use the computer lab resources. In fact, many students (disabled and non-disabled) have found that ATS lab not only offers excellent accessibility to campus resources, but also offers an outstanding study environment.
Students with documented print disabilities that preclude the student from using standard print, may be eligible to request required course materials in alternative formats such as:
Funding for alternative production is supported, in part, by The Association of Former Students.
Adaptive software and hardware is obtained and installed in various campus computer labs and made available for exam administration based on disability need. Common software and hardware available includes:
Additional software and hardware is obtained and installed on a case-by-case basis.
Qualified students with disabilities may be able to borrow equipment on a semester basis including items such as: