About the ATC

General Information

The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) assists Harvard University students with disabilities. We provide academic support through technology, including electronic versions of course materials, access to course content in the classroom, and testing accommodations. If you are a student who would like access to ATC services, please contact your Local Disability Coordinator for a referral: list of Harvard's Local Disability Coordinators.

The ATC also demonstrates assistive technologies such as ergonomic input devices and dictation software to all members of the Harvard community. If you would like a demo, please contact us to make an appointment.

We are currently working remotely, and the best way to reach us is by sending email to atc@fas.harvard.edu but we are also happy to return calls if you would like to leave a message on our voicemail. We are available for consultations and software demonstrations, by appointment.

Location and Contact Info

Harvard University Assistive Technology Center
Science Center, Room B05
1 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA 02138
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Phone: 617-496-8800
Email: atc@fas.harvard.edu


Supervisor: Tanya Washburn
Staff: Christine Clougher, Ericka Crouse, Ashley Cwikla, Julia Kedge, Nicholas McNab, Matt Tragert

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)

ATC staff primarily produces electronic text via scanning and optical character recognition, using applications such as ABBYY FineReader, OmniPage, and Infty, and delivers the text in a variety of formats to meet the needs of the student and the restrictions of the content. The office is equipped with Braille embossers and a thermoform machine (also called a PIAF) for creating tactile graphics. The ATC maintains several laptops for use during exams, some with specialized accessibility software. 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 and offer demonstrations of equipment and software to members of the Harvard Community by appointment.