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2016 Class Gift: Assistive Technology Resource Center

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2016 Class Gift: Assistive Technology Resource Center

2016 Class Gift

Olin College of Engineering’s Class of 2016 would like to establish an Accessibility Resource Center as the senior class gift, ensuring that everyone who comes to the Olin campus can take full advantage of all that Olin offers.

Accessibility at Olin College

An accessible space is one in which products, devices, services, or the very nature of the environment supports both directly and indirectly those with disabilities. A disability can be physical, mental, or psychological and fall on a spectrum of visibility to a community. Additionally, a disability can be temporal - lasting only a short-term or stretching to a lifetime. For Olin community members with disabilities, the experience of hands-on, computer-oriented, active work in the classroom and in the office, can be drastically different than the intent of the experience designer. Olin’s conference and meeting spaces, library, computer lab, dorms, and office spaces can all be improved to support present and future students, faculty, and staff members with disabilities.


This assistive technologies shared resource center is intended to create a more inclusive campus - allowing students to feel more effective on their teams or classes, allowing faculty members to connect with their students’ unique and individual learning styles, allowing staff to feel comfortable in their environment. Creating a more openly inclusive campus also provides a greater opportunity to teach the community about disability, accessibility, and universal design. Creating a more accessible campus can also lead to a more diverse campus, which the present Olin community has advocated for strongly.

Why Accessibility Matters

Any person who becomes a part of our community should feel supported in it - not just by the people, but by the environment itself. Our campus should align with our vision of creating diverse leaders and engineers in an increasingly accessible world.

It is imagined that at the end of the Spring 2016 semester, the Class will have ordered the first resources and have a dedicated space established on campus.

Join Us

Please join us today by giving a gift at the level you are most comfortable with to ensure that the class can have a set of assistive technology resources in place for the summer. Every gift gets us closer to our $3000 goal. Thank you! Contact Jessica Diller ’16 or Victoria Preston ’16 with any questions about this project. 

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Point-and-Click Interfaces

Trackball mice, though a familiar product, help those that have a hard time coordinating their motion to use the fine control of a point-and-click interface familiar on most computers. A donation of $30 is enough to support the purchase of one of these mice or similar interface.


Anxiety Relief

Your gift of $50 could support the purchase of a ball blanket or weighted blanket which is often used to ease anxiety.


Large Print Keyboards

Gifts of $100-$300 could support the purchase of a typical QWERTY key board with larger print and larger buttons. Some have a different form factor to improve ease of use for people or include integrated touchpads/trackballs for screen navigation.


Personal Audio Amplifiers

Donations of $150 could help purchase a device that amplifies and records localized sound around an individual.


Aiding Classroom Learning

Gifts between $150 and $300 could help purchase smart pens and devices which can record audio of a lecture or meeting while taking notes. It would then use post-processing to replay the audio file and combine the written files to read these notes back to the user.


Visual Enhancement

Your gift starting at $350 will help provide a handheld video magnifiers, small document cameras, or specialized computer software which provides superior clarity and quality to traditional magnifying glasses or projections.


Dictation Software

Dragon Dictation/Professional is a software that allows speech-to-text interaction. Gifts between $500 and $700 could purchase this or similar software packages.


Interfaces for the Blind

Your gift of $1,350 could help provide a Braille Keyboard and Mini-Display interface for a computer screen. With a Perkins-style interface, these technologies allow more of the ample computing resources to be available to the Blind in the community.

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