Service Name: Assistive Technology, The Commons /Blundon Centre
The Assistive Technology (AT) facility provides a variety of services for individuals with visual, physical or learning disabilities. The facility, located in the Commons at the QEII Library, is offered in collaboration with the Glenn Roy Blundon Centre, Office of Student Affairs and Services.
The AT Coordinator and AT Student Assistants are available to answer general enquiries and to assist students with disabilities and others to use the available resources.
- General inquires, scanning, and printing support.
- Individual and group AT tutorials, as well as technical support for the AT software applications.
- A wheelchair-accessible, height adjustable computer work station is available in the classroom L-2028 (a public area), L2001 - the AT Room (a quiet, private area) and the Digital Media Centre. All are located on the main floor of the QEII Library.
- Adaptive software applications such as Kurzweil 3000 (scanning-reading software), Dragon Naturally Speaking (speech-to-text software), Spark-Space (idea mapping-writing software), ZoomText (large-print software), and JAWS (screen-reading software) are available.
- Ergonomic chairs, raised study table, a Braille keyboard, half keyboard, QWERTY keyboard (alphabetic keyboard with larger letters), document scanner, Closed Circuit Television (CCTV), and other equipment are available in L-2001.
- Other equipment includes a Victor Reader, half keyboard, and Smart View Versa which are available from the QEII Reserve Desk. A payphone TTY is available in the QEII porch area. See Services for Persons with Disabilities for further information.
How to request this service:
- Bookings of the Adaptive/Assistive Technology room (maximum 3 hours) and equipment can be made at the QEII Circulation Desk or online at http://www.library.mun.ca/forms/atbookingform.php. All other adaptive technology workstations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- To book an Adaptive Technology tutoring session, visit http://thecommons.mun.ca/booking. Bookings can also be made at The Commons Computing Support Desk located on the main floor of the QEII Library.
- To register as a student with the Blundon Centre, contact the Blundon Centre by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 864-2156.
Who can avail of this service:
- Memorial University students, faculty, staff, and the general public. Preference will be given to those registering with the Blundon Centre.
- Assistive Technology support is available from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- Summer hours are 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- Additional support times can be booked by emailing commonsAT@mun.ca .
- The availability of the AT room varies depending on the time of year. While usually available for same day booking, it is advisable to book at least 24 hours in advance. It can be booked online (http://www.library.mun.ca/forms/atbookingform.php) or at the QEII Circulation Desk. All other AT workstations are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Adaptive technology equipment is on reserve at the QEII Circulation Desk and is available to students with a library account on a first-come, first-served basis.
- One-on-one tutoring service availability varies from semester to semester. Bookings can be made at online (http://thecommons.mun.ca/booking/) or at The Commons Computing Support Desk.
- There is no cost to avail of this service.
Accountabilities and Key Roles:
- C&C Client Relationships staff provide computing support assistance
- Distance Education and Learning Technologies staff provide Desire2Learn support
- Student staff provide computing support assistance
Key Performance Indicators:
- Number of logins per day
- Evaluation forms
- Number of clients who use the AT Room and the AT workstation in the classroom or in the Digital Media Centre on the main floor of the Library
- Number of tutoring session per semester
Revision: January 2011
Service Owner: Chad Healey, IT Supervisor - The Commons