The Adaptive Technology Lab (ATL) assists Harvard College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students with disabilities who are registered with the FAS Accessible Education Office. We provide support through technology, which can include electronic versions of course materials, access to course content in the classroom, and testing accommodations.
The ATL also demonstrates adaptive technologies for members of the Harvard community including ergonomic input devices (keyboards, mice, etc.) and dictation software (Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Dragon Dictate). Please contact us to make an appointment.
Location and Contact Info
Manager: Curtis Wilcox
Supervisor: Tanya Washburn
Staff: Yvonne Carts-Powell, Ericka Crouse, Ashley Cwikla, Nicholas McNab, Julia Suggs
Services and Equipment
- Electronic Text
- Text and Image Enlargements
- Braille Embossing
- Loaner and Demo Lecture Accessibility Equipment
- Demonstrations of Accessibility software (Includes dictation software, text-to-speech and magnification software)
ATL staff primarily works on electronic text production (scanning and optical character recognition using applications such as ABBYY FineReader, OmniPage, and Infty) delivers it in a variety of formats to meet the needs of the student and the content. The office is equipped with Braille embossers and an IVEO touchpad for accessing tactile graphics. The ATL maintains several laptops, some with specialized accessibility software, for use during exams. We have a number of peripherals to assist student notetakers, including the Pulse SmartPen, and several tablet technologies. We have a selection of ergonomic tools including a DataHand Keyboard and Kinesis Foot Mice.
We offer free demonstrations of accessibility and ergonomic equipment and software to members of the Harvard Community by appointment.