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By definition assistive technology is “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities” (Assistive Technology Act of 2004; Assistive Technology Act of 1988).  

At Kirkwood, we strive to provide access and information on assistive technology tools to students, faculty and staff. We offer information and demonstrations of assistive technology software and apps.  

Assistive Technology Lab
2071 Cedar Hall, main campus in Cedar Rapids
Hours: Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Phone Number: (319) 398-5425
There are 5-10 Window PC’s and one Mac available for student use.

Assistive technology tools available in the lab:

  • JAWS
  • Window Eyes
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Read & Write (For PC and Mac)
  • Zoomtext
  • NVDA
  • CCTV
  • Alternative Keyboards
  • Smartpens (for demo purposes)
  • Scanner
  • Alternative mouse
  • Adjustable tables
  • Etc.

Assistive technology software may available at other campus locations by request. To learn more about assistive technology at Kirkwood's county or regional centers or to request assistive technology to used at any of these locations, please contact mike.scallon@kirkwood.edu.