Important Update:

Because of COVID-19, restrictions the ATC Lab is closed.  We are offering Assistive Technology remotely.

For more information, please contact Wendy Lin or 510-659-7373


The Adaptive Technology Center (ATC) is located in the SAS office. The ATC is a place where SAS students have access to computers with assistive software and hardware to study and do homework. The ATC is open to all SAS students currently taking classes at Ohlone College.

The Assistive Software in the ATC includes:

  • Inspiration – A software program that helps student’s develop ideas and organize thinking.
  • JAWS – Reads information on the computer screen using synthesized speech
  • Kurzweil 3000 – Helps people with reading or learning difficulties increase reading, speech and comprehension
  • ZoomText – Magnifies items on the computer screen for users who have low vision.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking – Speech recognition software. Talk and your words appear on the screen.
  • MathTalk – Speech recognition software allows users to voice any math problems (pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, calculus, statistics and graphs) and watch it appear on the screen.
  • PEARL System with OpenBook – PEARL combined with OpenBook scanning and reading software brings blind and low vision users instant portable access to printed material with an array of human sounding voices.

Students interested in training/orientation on the use of any of these software programs should contact the SAS office to schedule an appointment to meet with the Alternate Media/Assistive Technology Specialist. Call 510-659-7373 or email

Assistive Hardware and Equipment in the ATC include:

  • PC Computers
  • Scanners
  • Printer
  • Large Print Keyboards
  • Stationary CCTV Magnifier
  • Portable CCTV Magnifiers

Adaptive Technology Center (ATC) Policies

  • Students must have an open file in SAS and also be currently enrolled in classes at Ohlone College to use the ATC.
  • Student must sign in at the front desk before entering the ATC
  • No talking or cell phone use in the lab.  Students need to be courteous to other students studying in the lab.
  • The computers and printers in the ATC are for school and course work only.  The computers are monitored by SAS staff.  You will be asked to leave if you are using the ATC for personal use.
  • SAS is not responsible for personal items, backpacks, or textbooks left behind or unattended in the ATC.
  • The computers in the ATC are set for Deep Freeze nightly.  To prevent loss of work, we ask students to save all their work on their own personal storage device/service (USB, Dropbox, cloud, Google Drive, etc).  Students must not save any work to the hard drive.
  • To maintain confidentiality and privacy, we ask students to log off of their students accounts (MyOhlone, Canvas & email) when they leave the lab. SAS is not responsible for any accounts left open by students.
  • No eating or drinking inside the ATC.