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Access & Technology Center Hours of Operation

Room 300, North Building (NOTE: We will be in-person via appointments and online for the Fall 2021 Semester)

Hours During the Fall 2021 Semester
• Monday - Thursday, In-Person 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Online 9:00 am-7:00 pm
• Friday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Online 9:00 am-5:00 pm

We will be available via Phone, Email or Zoom
For information or appointments please call 212-772-4857 or email

Please note that during Midterms and Finals we will be available for Online Proctoring till 9:00 pm, Monday to Thursday. This is by appointment only (two weeks notice required). Friday hours will remain 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Summer Hours
• Monday - Friday, Online 9:00 am- 5:00 pm
• Center is closed on Fridays during the "four day week" summer schedule

Spring and Winter Break Hours
• Monday - Friday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE: When there are no classes scheduled, but the College is open, the Access & Technology Center will be open 9AM till 5PM.


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Reasonable Accommodations·A Faculty Guide to Teaching Students with Disabilities·and other resources for faculty are available on·the CUNY IT Accessibility·section of·

The CUNY SPS Office of Faculty Development and Instructional Technology maintains an Accessibility and Universal Design in Learning·site on the CUNY Academic Commons with many useful links, quick guides, and video tutorials for faculty, including resources specifically for the Blackboard LMS.·

Technology in the Classroom and for Online Courses

Alternative Text for Students with Disabilities

This non-CUNY resource may be useful as well:

Document Accessibility (Includes video tutorial)

Blackboard Accessibility

Blackboard (Collaborate Accessibility)

Blackboard (Designing Accessible Content)

Zoom Conference Accessibility - Video and Audio Accessibility Closed Captioning Tutorial Screen Reader Tutorial



Under the auspices of the Office of AccessABILITY, the Access & Technology Center (A&TC or Access Center) offers individualized adaptive technology training for our students with disabilities. At the Access Center, our students also receive Testing Accommodations and related services and the staff provide faculty and staff trainings and tour of our facilities upon request.

For more information or assistance, please call the Access Center at (212) 772-5478.

Adaptive Equipment

Windows and Mac computers offer a range of basic accessibility features and advanced assistive technologies designed to meet the diverse needs of students with disabilities.


ZoomText Magnifier/Screen Reader (Win): software designed specifically to meet the needs of the visually impaired. The ZoomText family includes two adaptive technologies—screen magnification and screen reading—providing complete access to all Windows applications.

Jaws (Win): screen-reading software that provides access to today’s software applications and the Internet. Please note that as of Summer 2017, ZoomText and JAWS will be collectively known as Fusion and is available for students registered with the Office of AccessABILITY.

Kurzweil 1000: an advanced scanning and reading solution for the blind or visually impaired.

Kurzweil 3000 (Mac / Win): a scanning, reading and writing solution for people with learning disabilities or reading impairments.

Dragon Naturally Speaking (Win): speech recognition software that converts spoken words into text.

Hardware Devices for Blind and Visually Impaired Students


(Please note that photos used (left column) may vary from actual item)


Picture of Braille Embosser

Braille Embosser: allows computerized text to be reproduced in hard-copy braille format.

Image of Braille typwriter

Perkins Braille Writer: typewriter that blind and visually impaired individuals use to type in braille.

Image of a computer compatible CCTV unit

ClearView computer-compatible CCTV: allows a student to use a CCTV and a computer at the same time.

Generic picture of a CCTV unit

LCD CCTV (Various Screen Sizes): color flat screen CCTV with an adjustable monitor arm that allows a student to move the screen for optimal visibility and comfort.

Picture of a PIAF (Picture in a Flash) device

P.I.A.F (Picture in a Flash): produces high quality tactile graphics for blind and visually impaired individuals.

Picture of the portable Magic Wand Scanner

Magic Wand: hand held scanner for scanning printed materials, class notes and handouts as well as photos. The materials are saved as either PDF or JPEG format. This device is ideal for scanning class notes and research materials.

Picture of the Livescribe Smart Pen

Livescribe Echo Smartpen: digital audio recorder device which synchronizes text to audio as it is being written on a special notebook. It is ideal for the classroom setting.

Picture of a Large Touch Screen Computer Monitor

Large Sized Touch Screen Monitor : is used for workshops, presentations, as well as other center-related events.

Picture of FM units used by hard of hearing students

FM Systems: these devices are used by individuals with hearing difficulties, to amplify sound in classrooms and at events.

Other Assistive Devices

  • Talking calculators
  • BrailleNote Touch allows for digital content to be read aloud or via physical braille output.
  • Visual Relay Service (VRS) device for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Large print dictionaries

Special thanks to the University of Washington DO-IT Program.

Photos of the Access & Technology Center located in room 300 North Building

Picture of the A&TC Computer Lab North West Corner Picture of the A&TC Computer Lab Right side with several computers showing
Picture of the A&TC Computer Lab facing towards the left side of the lab and showing several computer stations along with students and staff

Picture of the A&TC Computer lab facing staff work stations and a Apple IMac in the foreground
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