Accessible Computer Labs

All computer labs maintained by IET have Assistive Technology installed on the computers. Some labs have specialized software installed, while others have printers and scanners available for student usage. For a list of computer labs, and available software & hardware, please visit IET's Computer Room Guide for the most up-to-date listings of computer labs.

The Center for Accessible Technologies (CAT) Lab was established in 2010 at 163 Shields Library to provide a centralized resource for assistive technology and ergonomic equipment. Within the lab, users can find 6 Mac Minis, 3 of which are running Windows 7 with the other 3 running OS X 10.8.

4 of the Mac Minis are connected to 30" monitors mounted to height adjustable desks. Users also have access to CCTV's, ergonomic chairs, mice, and keyboards which can be provided upon request from one of the student tech assistants. If an assistant is not available in Shields 163, then you may be able to find them located within Shields 182.

The following hardware is available at the CAT:

  • ScanSnap duplex scanner (scans both sides of paper at once) (PC#1)
  • Epson 3170 flatbed scanner (Mac #2)
  • Hovercam document scanner (Mac#1)
  • CCTV
  • Headphones
  • Headphone+Microphone (Dragon stations only)
  • Ergonomic chairs
  • Height adjustable tables
  • Braille Encyclopedias
  • B&W printer
  • Assortment of ergonomic mice and keyboards
  • Region free DVD player with 30 inch monitor (PC #2)
  • Blu-ray DVD player with 30 inch monitor (Mac #2)

The following software is available for PC:

Assistive Technology Shortcuts for PC software
Assistive Software Hot key Operating System
ClaroRead Pro N/A Windows 7+
JAWS v 15 CTRL+ALT+J Windows 7+
Narrator Windows Key+U,
Highlight Narrator,
Press Spacebar
Windows 7
Narrator Windows Key+Enter Windows 8.1
On-Screen Keyboard Windows Key+R,
type OSK,
press enter
High Contrast Left ALT+Left SHIFT+PrtScrn Windows
Filter Keys
(ignore repeated strokes)
Hold right SHIFT for 8 seconds Windows
Mouse Keys
(use keyboard as a mouse)
Left ALT+Left SHIFT+Num Lock Windows
Sticky Keys
(serialize keystrokes instead of pressing multiple buttons at once)
Press SHIFT 5 times Windows
Toggle Keys
(audio cues for pressed locking keys)
Hold Num Lock for 5 seconds Windows
(on screen keyboard using pointing devices to type text)
N/A Windows
Magnifier Windows Key and + (Turn on Magnifier)
CTRL+ALT+L (Lens Display)
CTRL+ALT+D (Dock Display)
CTRL+ALT+F (Full Screen Mode)
Windows Key+Esc (Exit)
Windows 7+
  • Windows Speech Recognition
The following software is available for Mac:
Assistive Technology Shortcuts for OSX
Assistive Software Hot key Operating System
ClaroRead Pro N/A OSX 10.7+
Speakable Items (Voice Control your Computer) ESC (listening key by default) OSX 10.7+
Dictation and Speech Press Fn twice (Default) OSX 10.7 (online only, 30 sec limitation)
OSX 10.8+
VoiceOver Command(⌘)+F5 Mac 10.7+
Invert Colors/Greyscale Command(⌘)+Option(⌥)+Control+8 OSX 10.7+
Contrast Command(⌘)+Option(⌥)+Control+8
Command(⌘)+Option(⌥)+Control+Comma(,): Reduce contrast
Command(⌘)+Option(⌥)+Control+Period(.): Increase contrast
OSX 10.7+
Zoom Option(⌥)+Command(⌘)+8: Turn zoom on/off
Option(⌥)+Command(⌘)+Equal(=): Zoom in
Option(⌥)+Command(⌘)+Hyphen(-): Zoom out
OSX 10.7+
Screen Flash N/A OSX 10.7+
Image Smoothing Command(⌘)+Option(⌥)+Backslash(\) OSX 10.7+
Sticky/Slow Keys Press SHIFT 5 times OSX 10.7+
Mouse Keys Press Option(⌥) key 5 times OSX 10.7+
Dragon Dictate NA OSX 10.7+
ReadIris NA OSX 10.7+
Login Issues? In some cases, the screenreader may be turned off on PC's. To turn on Narrator for login purposes, perform the following tasks:
  • At the login screen, press The Windows Key+U to open the Accessibility window.
  • Tab once, and press the spacebar to turn on Narrator.
  • Shift Tab once, and press the spacebar to Apply the changes.
  • Press spacebar again to cancel out of the window.
  • Narrator is now available for login purposes, Press CTRL+ALT+DELETE to continue.
  • Once logged in, press CTRL+ALT+J to start JAWS, Narrator will be silent while JAWS is in use.