The Assistive Technology Center is the department dedicated to using technology to aid Harvard students with disabilities. We assist our clients with access to course materials, research materials, and classroom activities.
We work with faculty, students, and Harvard's Local Disability Coordinators to determine the best path to meet each student’s needs. To make sure students have access to the materials and tools that they need, we use many techniques and technologies including scanning and optical character recognition to create PDF or text files to be used with zooming software or screen readers; transcribing texts and music into Braille; creating tactile graphics; and creating audio files. We also provide a variety of solutions for in-class accessibility.
The ATC offers demonstrations of voice recognition software, smartboard technologies, and any of the other accessible technologies that we use, by appointment.
For students who are registered with the FAS Accessible Education Office, we also can provide laptop computers for quizzes and exams.