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Services for Persons with Disabilities: Assistive Equipment & Software

This guide describes services and resources in the MIT Libraries for persons with disabilities.

Service update

The MIT Libraries are implementing a phased plan for providing access to physical collections. We will update the Libraries’ service updates page as services evolve. Library locations and study spaces remain closed until further notice.

Most services will be limited to current MIT faculty, students, and staff. Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Assistive Equipment & Software in the MIT Libraries

Computer Equipment

Alternative Keyboards

Provide alternatives (Microsoft Natural Keyboard Pro & Goldtouch Keyboard) to the standard computer keyboard.

  • Current Locations: Barker (10-500) and Dewey (E53-100) Libraries.

Kurzweil 1000 and 3000 Scan and Read Software

Scans printed material and reads it out loud to user (headphones are available at the Service Desk).

  • Current Locations: Barker (10-500) and Dewey (E53-100) Libraries on specific machines equipped with a document scanner.

JAWS Software

Reads computer text (both computer application commands and web pages) out loud to blind or low vision users (headphones are available at the Service Desk).

  • Current Locations: Barker (10-500) and Dewey (E53-100) Libraries on specific machines.

ZoomText software

Magnifies text and graphics on the computer screen from two to sixteen times normal size.

  • Current Locations: Barker (10-500) and Dewey (E53-100) Libraries on specific machines.

Further Information and Special Requests

ATIC (Assistive Technology Information Center) at MIT

 

ATIC is a resource on disability-related technology for the MIT community. 

Contact:
Kathy Cahill
- address: 7-143
- phone: 617.253.7808