Accessible Computer Workstations

DID YOU KNOW… that there are Adaptive Computing stations at UAA?  These computers are available for All students to use.

University of Alaska Anchorage offers both DSS maintained and IT maintained stations that are configured with a wide range of students in mind, including students with disabilities.  There are also adaptive computing workstations in Eagle River, Mat-Su, Kenai, Kachemak Bay and other UAA locations, as well as on the campuses of UAF and UAS. 

Premier Literacy Suite software is provided by DSS on all accessible computing stations, and is available for your use on your personal laptop or computer at home.  Premier Literacy Suite offers PDF to text converter, text file audio readers with mp3 support, a talking word processor, dictionary and thesaurus features, and many more accessibility tools.  For your free Premier logon, password, download link and training contact the DSS Adaptive Computing Specialist at 907-786-4538.

IT maintained computing stations:  The computer labs on  the UAA campus are maintained by the UAA IT Department, and are equipped with raised or adjustable height tables for wheelchair clearance, standing work station and other physical accommodations.  Also large monitors, standard software and Premier Accessibility Suite software.   

DSS maintained computing stations:  Adaptive Computing Stations are available at the DSS Adaptive Computing Lab, the Consortium Library Reference Desk, The University Center and the Gateway Learning Center.  These are equipped with raised or adjustable height tables for wheelchair clearance, standing work station and other physical accommodations.  Also large monitors, standard software and Premier Accessibility Suite software.  JAWS screen reading software and Dragon Naturally Speaking are available as well, please provide your own headset.

DSS Adaptive Computing Lab in the DSS office at Rasmuson Hall 105 offers a quiet, reduced distraction environment for DSS student exams. There are five Microsoft Windows computing stations, each in a monitored, private room with a height adjustable table, ergonomic chair, low light lamp, large monitor, noise-reducing headphones, speech recognition headset style microphones, CCTV's and standard assistive technology software such as JAWS, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, and Premier Accessibility Suite text readers. When available, an iMac or MacBook Pro can be set up in one of the lab rooms.  These accessible computing stations are available by appointment only and the schedule fills up quickly, so please reserve a station with as much advance notice as possible. 

DSS Mobile Computing Options are available in limited supply.  In lieu of a larger adaptive computing lab, DSS provides adaptive equipment for DSS students to check out by the semester.  

DSS students may checkout ClassMate Readers, LiveScribe Digital Pens, Sony & Olympus Digital Recorders, Sony Clear Voice tape recorders, AlphaSmart notetaking devices and hand-held reading magnifiers, to name a few.  

To explore mobile computing options and receive training, please contact the DSS Adaptive Computing Specialist at 907-786-4538 for an appointment, preferably  before the semester begins.  The Adaptive Computing Specialist can also provide information on accessible programs and apps for you to customize your personal laptop or other mobile device.