Disability Services

Assistive Technology

Cleveland State University has a wide variety of assistive technology for use by our students in classrooms, testing rooms, computer labs, and just about anywhere else on campus. We make these products available to our students because this technology enables students with disabilities to work independently and complete work that is comparable to their peers.

Preston White Assistive Technology Learning Center

The office of Disability Services manages the Assistive technology Learning Center that is only available for students with disabilities or students studying assistive technology. This location, in RT103 of the Michael Schwartz Library, allows us to offer excellent services to our students that need assistance focused on assistive technology.

Mobile Assistive Technology

Disability Services also has equipment for loan on campus that can be used in classrooms and study areas. This equipment includes laptops with the same software as the AT Lab, video magnifiers, a Braille display, Personal FM Systems, portable scanners, and other auxiliary aids.

ODS Testing Rooms

The Office of Disability Services maintains Assistive Technology in its testing rooms. We have 4 computers in our testing rooms with JAWS, ZoomText, Kurzweil 3000, Natural Reader and Dragon. We also have adjustable desks and Video Magnifiers in our testing suites.

Software in Campus Computer Labs

ZoomText, JAWS, and Wread & Write Gold are installed on workstations in IS&T and Library Computer Labs. ZoomText is setup to provide login support on the computers running these programs. Below is a list of Labs where the software is installed.

The Library has ZoomText, JAWS, and Read and Write Gold installed on all the PCs in the 1st Floor Learning Commons (Reference) area, LCLC Labs, and RT 302 Writer's Lab (note the RT 302 Writer's Lab is only used for classes). They are also installed on specially marked laptops in the RT 401 and RT 502 labs (also used only for classes). ZoomText and JAWS are installed in the new RT 403 Math Lab and RT 230 Math Emporium.

In IS&T's general-purpose labs, Zoomtext, Jaws, and Read & Write are only on the "multimedia" machines, which are tradition towers and Small Form Factor desktops. Thin-clients do not have the software. Thin-clients are about the size of a medium or large textbook. The best way to tell the difference is that that thin-clients do not have CD ROM drives.

IS&T Lab locations:

  • BU23
  • FT103
  • MC120
  • SH128
  • UR39
  • UR40

for more details consult the Assistive Technology Information for Computer Lab Monitors Handout .

Loaner Equipment

We also have equipment that can be borrowed for the duration of a semester. For students who receive BookShare.org DAISY books we have a supply of Victor Streams and a Classmate Player. Students can borrow Personal FM systems to enable them to hear their professors and classmates better. We also have a couple of laptops that can be borrowed for use in student field experiences.

If you have any questions about assistive technology on campus please contact Jeffrey Dell the AT specialist at (216) 687-2015 or e-mail j.dell@csuohio.edu.